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Full text of "Graduate Catalog / The University of Maryland, College Park"

The Graduate Catalog 

University of Maryland | Fall 20 1 2 - Spring 20 1 3 



Charles Caramello, Dean of the Graduate School 
Joe Williams, General Editor 



This Catalog is certified true and correct as to content and policy. 



Contents 

Chapter 1: The Graduate School and The Graduate Council 6 

Functions of the Graduate School and Graduate Council 6 

Chapter 2: Introduction to the University of Maryland 7 

Campus Libraries 7 

Accreditation 9 

Non-Discrimination Statement 9 

Disclaimer 9 

Chapter 3: Admissions Policies 10 

Admission to Graduate School 10 

Criteria for Admission 10 

The Admission Process 1 

Admissions Records and Disposition 1 

Admission to Degree Programs 1 

Full Graduate Student Status 1 

Provisional Graduate Student Status 1 

Offer of Admission 12 

Admission Semester Changes 12 

Non-Degree Admission: Advanced Special Student Status 12 

Visiting Graduate Student Status 13 

Golden Identification Card for Senior Citizens of Maryland 13 

Change of Status or Program 13 

Admission of Members of the Faculty 13 

Admission to An Institute 13 

Immunization 14 

Residency Classification 14 

Regents' Policy on Residency 14 

Chapter 4: Registration Policies 15 

Registration and Credit Information 15 

Designation of Full-Time and Part-Time Status 15 

Continuous Registration Requirements 16 

Waiver of Registration for Certificate, Master's, and Pre -Candidacy Doctoral Students 16 

Waiver of Registration for Doctoral Candidates 16 

Waiver of Mandatory Fees 16 

Leave of Absence for Childbearing, Adoption, Illness or Dependent Care 16 

Academic Calendar 18 

Course and Credit Changes 18 

Withdrawal from Classes 18 

Resignation from the University 18 

Grading Systems 18 

Graduate Credit for Undergraduates 19 

Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses 19 

Partial Credit for Students With Disabilities 19 

Inter-Institutional Registration, University System of Maryland 19 

The Washington Consortium Arrangement 20 

Chapter 5: Financial Policies: Tuition and Fees 21 

Payment of Tuition and Fees 21 

Forms of Financial Aid 21 

Emergency Loans 21 

Refunds 21 

University Refund Statement 21 



Refunds for Withdrawal from All Classes 21 

Refunds for Dropping Individual Courses 22 

Fellowships, Assistantships, and Financial Assistance 22 

Graduate Fellowships 22 

Graduate Assistantships 22 

Overload Payments for Graduate Students 23 

Travel Grants 23 

Chapter 6: Policies for Graduate Assistantships 24 

Introduction 24 

I. General Policies 24 

II. Appointments 25 

III. Duties and Time Commitments 27 

IV. Compensation 28 

V. Tuition Remission and Benefits 30 

VI. Codes of Conduct 32 

VII. Grievance Procedure 34 

Chapter 7: Financial Policies: Fellowships and Scholarships 38 

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships 38 

Status 38 

Qualifications 38 

Funding for Fellowships 39 

Offer Letters 39 

Duties 39 

Supplemention of Support 39 

Additional On-Campus and Outside Employment 40 

Additional On-Campus and Outside Employment 40 

Deferral or Duplication of Support 40 

Overload Payments for Graduate Fellows 40 

Stipends 40 

Residency Classification 42 

Tax Status 42 

Health Insurance 42 

Vacation and Sick Leave 43 

Facilities 43 

Chapter 8: Academic Policies: General Policies and The Academic Record 44 

Developing a Program 44 

Academic Integrity 44 

Honor Pledge 44 

Penalties for Violations of Academic Integrity 44 

Academic Record (Transcript) 45 

Grade Point Average Computation 45 

Criteria for Courses to be Accepted for Graduate Credit 45 

Credit by Examination 45 

Incomplete Grades 45 

Transfer of Credit 46 

Satisfactory Progress 46 

The University of Maryland Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Policy 47 

Good Standing 48 

Academic Probation and Dismissal 48 

Time Limitations for Master's Degrees and Certificates 48 

Time Limitations for Doctoral Degrees 48 



Time Extensions Master's Degree and Certificate Students 49 

Doctoral Students 49 

Chapter 9: Academic Policies: Doctoral Degrees 51 

Graduate School Requirements Applicable to all Doctoral Degrees 51 

Credit Requirements 51 

Advancement to Candidacy 51 

Research Assurances 51 

The Doctoral Dissertation and Examination 51 

Open Dissertation Examination 53 

Procedures for the Oral Dissertation Examination 53 

Submission and Publication of the Dissertation 55 

Inclusion of One's Own Previously Published Materials in a Dissertation 56 

Inclusion of Copyrighted Materials in a Dissertation 56 

Additional Requirements 57 

Graduate School Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy 57 

Foreign Language Requirement 57 

Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education 57 

Requirements for Other Doctoral Degrees 57 

Chapter 10: Academic Policies: Master's Degrees 58 

Graduate School Requirements Applicable to all Master's Degree Programs 58 

Approved Program 58 

Credit Hours 58 

Coursework Level 58 

Prerequisites and Inclusion of Credit 58 

Single Credit Application 58 

Graduate School Requirements for the Degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science 58 

Thesis Requirement 58 

Research Assurances 58 

The Master's Thesis Examination 59 

Procedures for the Oral Examination: 59 

Submission and Publication of the Thesis 61 

Inclusion of One's Own Previously Published Materials in a Thesis or Dissertation 62 

Inclusion of Copyrighted Materials in a Thesis or Dissertation 62 

Non-Thesis Option 63 

Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education 63 

Requirements for the Degree of Master of Engineering 64 

Requirements Applicable to Other Master's Degrees 64 

Professional Master's Degrees 64 

Chapter 11: Academic Policies: Certificate Programs 65 

Certificate Programs 65 

Chapter 12: Academic Policies: Combined Bachelor's-Master's Programs 66 

Combined Bachelor's-Master's Programs 66 

Individual Student Bachelor's/Master's Program 66 

Structured Bachelor's/Master's Program 66 

Chapter 13: Academic Policies: Dual Graduate Degree Programs 67 

Dual Graduate Degree Programss 67 

Existing Dual Degree Programs 67 

Chapter 14: Academic Policies: Field Committees 68 

Field Committees 68 

Requirements for Formal Recognition 68 

Requirements for Offering Courses and Advising Students: 68 



Available Resources for Field Committees 68 

Chapter 15: The Graduate Faculty 70 

University of Maryland Graduate Faculty Members 70 

Minimum Qualification 70 

Membership - Graduate Faculty Categories 70 

Appointment procedures 70 

Full Members 70 

Adjunct Members 70 

Special Members 71 

Exceptional Appointments 71 

Faculty of Multi -Campus Graduate Degree Programs 71 

Prerogatives of Membership by Category 71 

Full Members 71 

Adjunct Members 71 

Special Members 71 

Membership of Former University of Maryland Faculty 72 

Exceptions to Policy 72 

Chapter 16: Academic Policies: Other Graduate School Policies 73 

Other Graduate School Policies 73 

Waiver of a Regulation 73 

Application for Graduation 73 

Arbitrary and Capricious Grading Policies 73 

Policy and Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading in Courses 73 

Policy and Procedures for Appeals of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading of Doctoral 

Qualifying Examinations 74 

Chapter 17: Graduate School Services 79 

Ombudsperson for Graduate Students 79 

Graduate Legal Aid Office 79 

English Editing for International Graduate Students 79 

Health Insurance 80 

Promise 80 

Chapter 18: Other University Services 81 

Chapter 19: University Publications 82 

Chapter 20: Academic Resources in the College Park, MD Area 83 

Appendices 90 

Chapter 21: Graduate Programs 93 

Chapter 22: Graduate Courses 287 

Chapter 23: Graduate Faculty 600 



Chapter 1 : The Graduate School and The Graduate Council 

Functions of the Graduate School and Graduate Council 

The University of Maryland Board of Regents mandates that a Graduate Faculty and a Graduate Council provide the 
organization by which the Graduate Faculty discharge its responsibilities for graduate education. The Graduate 
Council, appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School, includes faculty representatives elected by the Graduate 
Faculty, and graduate students. The Graduate Council recommends to the Dean, the Provost and the President 
policies that affect all aspects of graduate education at the University. 

The Graduate School, under the leadership of its Dean, establishes and oversees procedures to enact these policies 
and serves as an advocate for excellence in all aspects of graduate education. The Graduate School, on behalf of 
its Dean, officially admits all students into graduate degree programs and acts as the conferring body for all graduate 
degrees. 

In conjunction with the Graduate Council, the Graduate School: 

Administers all University policies that affect graduate education. 

Sets academic and admissions standards for graduate programs. 

Reviews applications for admission to the Graduate School for compliance with academic standards. 

Admits graduate students to all programs. 

Administers the processes for graduate students' grievances 

Admits and oversees the academic progress of non-degree seeking students. 

Reviews and approves all new graduate programs. 

Allocates annual fellowship funding to the the colleges, sets minimum stipend levels, and monitors the 

application and academic impact of awards. 

Recommends annual minimum stipend levels for fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. 

Sets policy for and awards tuition remission as a component of University fellowship awards, external 

fellowships, and training grants. 

Establishes qualifications for and approves membership in the Graduate Faculty. 

Establishes qualifications necessary for graduate faculty to serve on and to chair thesis and dissertation 

examining committees. 

Sets policy that governs the composition of the thesis and dissertation examining committees and the 

conduct of the examinations. 

By appointment of a Dean's representative, oversees dissertation examinations to assure quality and 

uniformity of standards across academic units. 

Oversees the process of submitting approved dissertations and theses preservation of and access to the 

documents are the responsibilities of the University Library. 

Sets University-wide requirements for awarding graduate degrees. 

Recommends to the President that students who meet established requirements be awarded graduate 

degrees. 

Reviews and approves as appropriate requests for exceptions to University policies on graduate matters. 

Ensures that the University maintains official graduate student records are kept in the Office of the Registrar. 

Approves and oversees programs created by interdisciplinary Field Committees. 

Approves the programs for the Master's degree and graduate certificate in Professional Studies. 

Prepares and disseminates an annual report on graduate education. 

Administers the General Research Board, the Creative and Performing Arts Awards, the Goldhaber Travel 

Grants, and other programs. 

Assumes leadership in the recruitment and retention of graduate students with special emphasis on students 

from under-represented groups. 

Provides orientation programs, advising, and other support services that contribute to the successful 

matriculation, retention, and graduation of a diverse population of graduate students . 

Supports the Graduate Student Government, graduate student groups, and the Office of Graduate Student 

Life. 

The policies and procedures that are found in this document have been approved by the Graduate Council, the Dean 
of the Graduate School, the Provost, and the President. 



Chapter 2: Introduction to the University of Maryland 

Location of Campus and Nearby Academic Resources 

Situated on 1 ,300 acres in the suburban town of College Park , the University is centrally located in the Baltimore- 
Washington corridor. This unique location, just nine miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and approximately 30 
miles from both Baltimore and Annapolis, enhances research opportunities for faculty and students by providing 
access to some of the finest libraries and research centers in the country. A map of the campus's location in relation 
to available academic resources is available 
at http://www.gradschool. umd.edu/prospective students/map of academic resources near college park.html. 



Campus Libraries 

The University houses seven separate libraries. Together they contain 3 million books, 5,000 journal titles, and 2.3 
million microforms. The University's main library is the Theodore R. McKeldin Library. Its collection of books, 
reference materials, newspapers, journals, and electronic resources is especially strong in the life sciences, social 
sciences, and humanities. Among its 1 .2 million volumes is one of the best collections of Judaica in the region. 

In addition to the general collection, the University of Maryland is home to several archives: the Gordon W. Prange 
Collection is one of the world's largest repositories of published and unpublished Japanese-language materials from 
the period of the Allied Occupation. It contains Japanese newspapers, monographs, periodicals, pamphlets and 
newsletters, textbooks, maps, news photographs, and political posters produced primarily between 1945 and 1949, a 
time of Allied civil censorship controls. The collection is especially rich in fiction and poetry, including reprints and first 
editions. These rare manuscript materials have attracted scholars from around the world and have been utilized 
frequently in recent Japanese and Western scholarship on post-World War II Japan. They are complementary to the 
American government documents that are housed in National Archives II, immediately adjacent to the College Park 
campus. 

The East Asia Collection , available since the mid-1960s, includes Japanese, Korean, and Chinese language 
monographs, periodicals, and newspapers. It currently contains about 74,000 catalogued items, and is particularly 
strong in scholarly works in the humanities, in the behavioral and social sciences and in reference and serial 
publications. With the exception of the Japanese Division of the Library of Congress, this is the largest East Asian 
language collection to be found in any academic institution in the tri-state region of Delaware , Maryland , and Virginia 

The University' collection of Government Documents and Maps is the Regional Federal Depository Library for 
Maryland , Delaware , and the District of Columbia . This collection includes more than one million government 
publications from 1789 to the present, spanning virtually all subjects from arts to zoology. Congressional documents 
and laws, census data, and consumer guides are among the most popular items. The map collection contains nearly 
one-half million topographic and thematic maps from federal agencies as well as some produced by foreign 
governments, including a collection of World War II maps. Accompanying the paper maps are GIS workstations with 
gigabytes of map files and geo-referenced statistical data. 

The UM Libraries system includes six branch libraries in addition to McKeldin : 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Library (EPSL) contains materials in physics, engineering, mathematics, 
and geology, with other significant collections in computer science, environmental sciences, water resources, and 
aerospace science. EPSL is also a U.S. patent and trademark depository library, and its large Technical Reports 
Center contains collections from NASA, ERDA, Rand Corporation, and other agencies and organizations. 

The Charles E. White Memorial Library (Chemistry) is a collection of 80,000 volumes covering chemistry, 
biochemistry, cell biology, enzymology, immunology, microbiology, and molecular genetics. Materials include books, 
periodicals, major indexes, and comprehensive spectra collections. 

The Architecture Library contains materials on architectural design, theory and history, urban design, landscape 
architecture, and building technology. This library's special collections include rare architecture books dating as far 
back as the 17th century, with materials on world expositions from 1851 to 1937. 



The Art Library collects materials in art history, studio art, art education, photography, graphic arts, interior design, 
and textiles. Special collections include art reproductions and art exhibition catalogs. 

Opened in 2000 as part of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library is 

the central location on the College Park campus for music, theatre, and dance materials. Included in the Performing 
Arts Library is the International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM), which houses one of the world's most extensive 
concentrations of piano recordings, books, scores, and related materials, including the personal papers of many great 
classical pianists. Special Collections in Performing Arts houses research collections maintained through joint 
agreements with national and international performing arts organizations, as well as collections donated by 
individuals, such as the Charles Fowler Papers and the Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature. 

Hornbake Library is home to the bulk of the University's special collections. 

The Maryland Collection represents a variety of materials, including more than 60,000 books and periodicals about 
Maryland, current and historical. A fine collection of rare Maryland items includes scarce copies of the almanac 
published by Benjamin Banneker, early American imprints, and strong holdings in literature by and about 
Marylanders. The Baltimore News American Photograph Archive of over 1 .5 million images dating from 1 920 to 
1986 is part of the Maryland Collection, which also features broad holdings in Maryland newspapers both on 
microfilm and in original form. 

The Rare Books Collection in Hornbake contains books and pamphlets from the 15th to 20th 
centuries. Approximately 17,000 volumes represent all areas of the humanities and sciences, with strong holdings in 
natural history, especially in botany and agriculture. Other notable rare book collections include French political 
pamphlets published during the civil war of 1 649-1 652 and the French Revolution, pamphlets documenting slavery 
and African-American life in America, and works by and about William Morris. 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation Library Collection in Hornbake Library includes 13,000 volumes 
covering preservation topics from the technical to the aesthetic and more than 300 periodical titles on international, 
national, state, and local historic preservation issues. 

The Archives and Manuscripts Department is also located in Hornbake Library. Historical Manuscripts collections 
include holdings pertaining to the Maryland region, labor union history, women's history, and University of Maryland 
faculty and administrators. Highlights of the historical manuscripts collection include the papers of political leaders 
from Maryland , such as U. S. Senator Milliard E. Tydings, Governor Theodore R. McKeldin, State Treasurer Lucille 
Maurer, and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew. Significant holdings documenting women's history include the papers of 
the League of Women Voters of Maryland, the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, and the 
Association for Childhood Education International. The details of day-to-day life throughout Maryland history are 
recorded in the personal and family papers collections, which include diaries, correspondence, and 
photographs. The literary manuscript collections center on the papers of two prominent twentieth-century women 
writers: Katherine Anne Porter and Djuna Barnes. The Katherine Anne Porter Room is a permanent installation in 
Hornbake Library that houses Porter's library, art, and artifacts. On display are photographs, furnishings, decorative 
arts, and books that belonged to Porter. The University Archives is the repository for a broad range of materials, 
including official office records, printed publications, photographs, and memorabilia, documenting the history and 
present activities of the University of Maryland. The University Archives' photograph collection features campus 
views and scenes, individual and group portraits, and University of Maryland events. 

Established at the University of Maryland in 1990, the National Public Broadcasting Archives serves as the official 
archival repository for the primary national agencies of noncommercial broadcasting in the United States. 
Organizations represented include the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Service, National 
Public Radio, and the Children's Television Workshop. The Library of American Broadcasting holds a wide-ranging 
collection of materials devoted exclusively to the history of radio and television broadcasting in the United 
States. Representative collections include material from the papers of broadcasting giant Arthur Godfrey and the 
papers of Edythe Meserand, radio executive and first woman president of the American Women in Radio and 
Television. 

Nonprint Media Services is the central audiovisual department for the University of Maryland Libraries. In addition to 
American movies and documentaries, its holdings include the complete BBC Shakespeare Plays, the 
JVC/Smithsonian Video Anthology of World Music and Dance, and the Library of African Cinema. 

Research is supported in the UM Libraries with a variety of technological tools. The online catalog identifies library 
materials from the collections of libraries on all campuses in the University of Maryland System . Access to this 



information is available through public terminals located throughout the library systems and can be accessed through 
internet connections in homes, offices, and libraries around the country. Research Port allows students, faculty, and 
others connected with the University of Maryland to access databases and e-journals from on and off 
campus. Patrons can search for journal articles and books in databases, e-journals, and library catalogs; access 
databases and e-journals from on and off campus; search an individual database OR several databases 
simultaneously; search databases and the UM Libraries' catalog simultaneously; and find full-text articles. They can 
save lists of databases, e-journals, searches, and articles in My Research Port, as well as e-mail and save citations. 

The Digital Repository at the University of Maryland (DRUM ) provides digital repository services for the 
University. Currently three types of materials are being collected: faculty deposited documents, a Library managed 
collection of UM doctoral dissertations and master's theses, and a collection of technical reports. DRUM provides a 
distribution service by making files available via the Internet. As a repository, DRUM maintains files for the long term. 
Unlike the web, where pages come and go and addresses to resources can change overnight, DRUM items have a 
permanent URL. 

Borrowing library materials is aided by several services in addition to basic circulation assistance. Direct borrowing 
privileges at the other University of Maryland System libraries are available for registered 

UMCP graduate students. Through Inter-Library Loan, one can obtain loans or photocopies of materials from other 
libraries that are not available at the University. All of the University libraries are equipped with study carrels and 
group study areas, wireless internet access, and computer terminals. 

Accreditation 

The University of Maryland is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is 
a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. Individual graduate programs may be accredited 
by their appropriate agencies. Students should check with their graduate program of interest for particular 
accreditations. 

Non-Discrimination Statement 

The University of Maryland is committed to the elimination of discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, 
sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, age , national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental 
disability, or on the basis of the exercise of rights secured by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. 
The Human Relations Code is established to prevent or eradicate such discrimination in accordance with due 
process within the University community. In doing so, the University recognizes that it must strive actively and 
creatively to build a community in which opportunity is equalized. 

Every effort will be made to make students and potential students, employees and potential employees, faculty 
members and potential faculty members aware of the opportunities that the University provides for every individual to 
develop and utilize his or her talents and skills. It is the intent of the University to observe and promote respect for 
each member of the community's own race, ethnic background, sex, or sexual orientation. The Human Relations 
Code is accessible in its entirety at http://www.ohrp.umd.edu/compliance/hrc/intro.html . 

Under advice of the Maryland Attorney General's Office, the University may interpret the Code to include both gender 
identity and gender expression. 

Disclaimer 

The provisions of this publication are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between the student and the 
University of Maryland. Changes are effected from time to time in the general regulations and in the academic 
requirements. There are established procedures for making changes that protect the institution's integrity and the 
individual student's interest and welfare. A curriculum or graduation requirement, when altered, is not normally made 
retroactive unless the alterations are to the student's advantage and can be accommodated within the span of years 
normally required for graduation. When a competent authority judges the actions of a student, using established 
procedures, to be detrimental to the interests of the University community, that person may be required to withdraw 
from the university. 



Chapter 3: Admissions Policies 

Admission to Graduate School 

Responsibility for admitting applicants to graduate programs rests with the Dean of the Graduate School . Academic 
department and program offices review admissions applications and credentials and make admissions 
recommendations to the Graduate Dean. In cases where credentials were earned abroad, the staff of the 
International Education Services Office is consulted. The standards maintained by the Graduate School and 
individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well 
qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a 
graduate program. Standards for admission to doctoral degree programs are frequently higher than those for 
admission to master's degree programs. In many degree programs, the number of applications received from 
individuals qualified for graduate study regularly exceeds the number of applicants who can be accommodated. In 
such cases, only the most highly qualified are offered admission. The number of spaces available in various 
departments is limited according to the availability of faculty, special resources, and funds for students requiring 
financial assistance. 

Criteria for Admission 

Those applicants who have earned or will earn a bachelor's degree at a regionally accredited college or university in 
the United States (or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country) are eligible to be considered for 
admission to the Graduate School at the University of Maryland. With the exception of established dual-degree 
programs, an applicant can matriculate in only one graduate program at a time. 

Admission to graduate programs is highly competitive, and space is limited. The decision to admit an applicant to a 
program is based primarily on a combination of the following criteria, evaluated from a complete application: 

■ Quality of previous undergraduate and graduate work. The Graduate School requires as a minimum 
standard an average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate courses taken at a regionally accredited 
college or university. Adequate performance in prerequisite courses is required. Applicants with international 
credentials must submit in the original language those academic records that are not written in English. 
Such credentials must be accompanied by a literal English translation. Both must be submitted at least six 
months prior to the first day of classes of the semester for which the applicant seeks admission. 

■ Strength of letters of recommendation from persons competent to judge the applicant's probable 
success in graduate school . These letters are usually from the applicant's former professors who are able 
to give an in-depth evaluation of the applicant's strengths and weaknesses with respect to academic work. 
Additional recommendations may come from employers or supervisors who are familiar with the applicant's 
work experience. 

■ Scores on a nationally standardized examination. The three most widely used standardized 
examinations are the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admissions Test 
(GMAT) and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Because the predictive utility of these test scores may vary 
from one group of applicants to another, a discriminating use of all relevant materials will be made in each 
applicant's case. The TOEFL is required of international applicants who are not native speakers of English. 

■ Applicant's statement of his or her academic career objectives and their relation to the intended 
program of study. These statements help the program to identify students whose goals are consonant with 
the program's objectives and expertise. 

■ Other evidence of potential success in graduate studies. Some programs require other evidence of 
potential for success in graduate study, such as a portfolio of creative work, completion of specialized 
examinations, personal interviews, or an example of scholarly work. 

■ Availability of an advisor in the applicant's specific field, available space in the program, and 
competitive rating within the applicant pool for the given term of entry. 

Prospective students may apply for admission to the University of Maryland during or after their final year of 
undergraduate study but must furnish proof of graduation before the end of their first semester of enrollment at the 
University. Students applying for admission to a graduate degree program in a field of specialization in which they 
already hold that same degree or its equivalent may do so only if the previous degree program was of substantially 
different character or was not accredited. Summer-only students applying for entrance in either of the two summer 
sessions should check the Summer Sessions Bulletin to determine if the courses they wish to take will be offered. To 
obtain this publication, write to the Office of Continuing Education, Summer and Special Programs, 2103 Reckord 

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Armory, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 - 5321 . This information may also be accessed online 
at http://www.summer.umd.edu. 

The Admission Process 

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School, each applicant must follow the Graduate School application 
procedures, currently available at http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/welcome/before_you_apply.html. The 
process requires the following: 

Completion of the University of Maryland Graduate Application (online); 

Payment of the non-refundable application fee; 

Submission of all relevant transcripts and supplementary application materials; 

Providing appropriate visa and financial documentation (for international applicants only); 

Fulfillment of all graduate program admissions requirements; 

Adherence to published application deadlines. 

Admissions Records and Disposition 

All records, including both standardized test scores and academic records from other institutions, become part of the 
official file and can neither be returned nor duplicated for any purpose. Students should retain an additional copy of 
their official credentials to keep in their possession for advisory purposes and for other personal requirements. 

The admission credentials and the application data of applicants are retained from the date of receipt for 1 2 months 
only and then destroyed in the following cases: 1 ) Applicants who do not register for courses at the time for which 
they have been admitted; 2) Applicants whose applications have been disapproved; 3) Applicants who do not 
respond to graduate program requests for additional information; and 4) Applicants whose applications are not 
complete with respect to the inclusion of all transcripts or test results. 

Admission to Degree Programs 

Graduate students are admitted to a particular program for a specific degree objective (M.A., Ph.D., Ed.D, etc.). With 
the exception of established dual degree programs, joint-degree programs, and certificate programs, graduate 
students are permitted to matriculate into only one graduate degree program at a time. Graduate students are 
admitted to either full or provisional status as outlined below: 

Full Graduate Student Status 

Students may be admitted to full graduate status if they have submitted official documents indicating a completed 
baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or have earned a degree equivalent to a baccalaureate 
degree from another country, and are fully qualified in the judgment of the individual program and the Graduate 
School . 



Provisional Graduate Student Status 

Students may be admitted to provisional status if: 

■ The previous academic record is not outstanding; or 

■ The prerequisite course work in the chosen field is insufficient; or 

■ The applicant has majored in another field with a creditable record but has not yet clearly demonstrated 
abilities in the proposed new field; or 

■ The applicant has not provided official verification of information required by the graduate program or the 
Graduate School, such as the last semester's work or receipt of a degree. 

Official transcripts indicating receipt of the degree must be submitted before the end of the first semester. 
Registration for a second semester will not be permitted unless these documents are received by the Graduate 
School. 

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Offer of Admission 

All completed applications will be reviewed by the Graduate School, the graduate program to which the applicant 
applied, and, if necessary, the Office of International Education Services. Applicants may receive correspondence 
from each of these offices requesting clarification or additional information or documents. Responses should be 
directed to the inquiring office directly. 

Formal admission to The University of Maryland is offered only by the Graduate School. Applicants admitted to the 
Graduate School will receive a written offer of admission from the Dean of the Graduate School. To accept or decline 
the offer, applicants must notify the Graduate School by the first day of classes of the semester for which the 
applicant was accepted or the offer becomes void. Immediately following written acceptance, applicants should 
contact the graduate program for registration information. Applicants are allowed a one-time only deferral of the 
admission of up to one year, subject to approval by the graduate program. Applicants who are unsuccessful in 
gaining admission to a graduate program are also notified in writing by the Graduate School. 

Admission Semester Changes 

The Offer of Admission is extended to the applicant only for a specified semester. If an admitted student or a 
Graduate Program wishes to change the semester of entry, they must petition the Graduate School in writing. The 
Graduate School will allow one (1) semester change requested by the program, and one (1) requested by the 
admitted student, contingent upon the approval of the program's Director of Graduate Studies. Any further changes 
will require a new application to the Graduate School. 

Non-Degree Admission: Advanced Special Student Status 

Although the primary mission of the Graduate School is to conduct programs of graduate instruction leading to 
advanced degrees, the Graduate Faculty will admit qualified students without degree objectives as advanced special 
students, to the extent that resources allow. Unofficial transcripts or photocopies of diplomas will be accepted with the 
application for evaluation purposes, but the student must submit official copies of all required documents before the 
end of the first semester of enrollment. Official transcripts must be submitted from all institutions except the University 
of Maryland, College Park . 

The Advanced Special Student status is not available to students in F-1 or J-1 status. These students should consult 
with the Office of International Education Services at (301 ) 31 4-7740 if they have questions about exceptions in this 
category. 

Applicants for admission to Advanced Special Student status must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally 
accredited institution, with a cumulative 3.0 grade point average, and: 

■ Submit official transcripts covering all credits used in satisfying the baccalaureate degree requirements, or 

■ If the applicant holds a master's or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution, submit an official 
transcript showing the award of a master's or doctoral degree, or 

■ Achieve a score that places the applicant in the upper 50th percentile of appropriate national standardized 
aptitude examinations, including the Graduate Record Examination, the Miller Analogies Test, and the 
Graduate Management Admissions Test, (where different percentiles are possible, the Graduate School will 
determine which score is acceptable), or 

■ Provide a strong letter of support from the Graduate Director of the program in which the applicant plans to 
take a course. 

Admission to Advanced Special Student status will continue for five years. If there is no registration in two 
consecutive academic semesters (Fall and Spring), the admitted status will lapse and a new application will be 
required. 

Advanced Special Students must maintain a 2.75 grade point average . Advanced Special Students whose grade 
point average falls below 2.75 will not be permitted to register. 

Advanced Special Students must pay all standard graduate fees. Students in this status are not eligible to hold 
appointments as Graduate Teaching or Research Assistants or Fellows, or to receive other forms of financial aid. All 

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other services available to them (e.g., parking, library privileges) are the same as those accorded to other graduate 
students. 

Successful completion of courses taken as an Advanced Special Student does not guarantee admission to a 
graduate degree or certificate program. Each program may accept such courses in satisfaction of program 
requirements to a maximum of twelve (1 2) credits, contingent on admission to the degree or certificate program and 
on the approval of the faculty in the program. For consideration of admission to a degree program at a later time, the 
student must submit a new application. 

Visiting Graduate Student Status 

A graduate student matriculated in another graduate school who wishes to enroll in the Graduate School of the 
University of Maryland and who intends to return to the graduate school in which he or she is matriculated, may be 
admitted as a Visiting Graduate Student. 

To apply, the applicant must submit a completed application 

( http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/welcome/apply now.html ) and pay the current application fee. Transcripts, letters of 
recommendation, and test scores are not required. In lieu of transcripts, the applicant must submit a letter from the 
Graduate Dean at the applicant's institution confirming that the applicant is in good academic standing and that 
courses taken at the University of Maryland will be transferred to the home institution. 

Golden Identification Card for Senior Citizens of Maryland 

The University's services and courses are available without charge to citizens who are residents of the State of 
Maryland, 60 years of age or older, and retired (retired persons will be considered those who affirm that they are not 
engaged in gainful employment for more than 20 hours per week). Individuals who meet these requirements may 
apply for graduate admission, either as degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students, and must meet all 
admissions criteria. Once admitted and issued the Golden Identification Card, senior citizens may register for courses 
in any session on a space-available basis, and may use the library and other University facilities during the time they 
are enrolled in courses. Tuition will be waived for Golden Identification Card holders, but mandatory fees must be 
paid. Golden ID Card holders may register during the first week of classes for up to 3 courses; they may not pre- 
register. Please refer to the Schedule of Classes for more information on the Golden ID registration procedures. 

Change of Status or Program 

Students are admitted with a particular status to a specified program for a specified objective. A new application is 
required if: 

■ The student wishes to change programs (students may be admitted to only one graduate program at any 
one time); or 

■ The student wishes to change status (from non-degree to degree); or 

■ The student wishes to pursue a new degree objective (e.g., change from master's to doctoral degree). 

■ Admission to a new program and/or status is not granted automatically. Each application is subject to review 
and approval. 

Admission of Members of the Faculty 

No member of the faculty who is employed by the University of Maryland with the position of assistant professor or 
higher is permitted to enroll in a program leading to an advanced degree in his or her academic college or school. A 
faculty member who wishes to take course work for personal enrichment in his or her academic college or school 
may choose to investigate the Advanced Special Student status. A faculty member who wishes to pursue an 
advanced degree in a graduate program outside his or her academic college or school may do so by obtaining written 
consent from the Deans of both the academic college/school in which he or she is employed and that from which he 
or she seeks a degree, and, subsequently, from the Dean of the Graduate School. 

Admission to An Institute 



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Application for admission to an institute should be made directly to the director of the institute. If admission to the 
Graduate School is also necessary, the decision will be based on the same criteria for admitting other degree 
applicants. Admission to an institute does not imply that the individual will be automatically admitted in any other 
status at the University of Maryland at a later date. The status terminates upon completion of the institute in which the 
student is enrolled. A new application and fee must be submitted for admission to any other graduate status or 
program. 

Students already admitted to a regular graduate degree or non- degree status may also qualify for participation in an 
institute. 

Immunization 

The University of Maryland requires all freshmen, new graduate students, and transfer students to provide 
documentation of measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus / diphtheria immunizations. It is a student's responsibility to 
provide this information to the Health Center before school begins. This requirement will not be waived. 

Residency Classification 

An initial determination of in-state status for admission and tuition charges will be made by the University at the time a 
student's application for admission is under consideration. The determination made at that time and any 
determination made thereafter will prevail in each semester unless the determination is successfully challenged in a 
timely manner. Please be advised that all students who are originally classified as nonresident students when they 
begin their studies at the University retain that classification unless they file a petition for resident status with the 
University's Residency Classification Office. The deadline for meeting all requirements for resident status and for 
submitting all documents for reclassification is the last day of late registration for the semester for which the student 
wishes to be classified as a resident student. 

The volume of requests for reclassification may necessitate a delay in completing the review process. It is hoped that 
a decision in each case will be made within ninety (90) days of a request for determination. During this period of time, 
or any further period of time required by the University, fees and charges based on the previous determination must 
be paid. If the determination is changed, excess charges will be refunded. 

All Graduate Assistants and Graduate Fellows are responsible for the status of their own residency classification. 
Classification does not officially change when the student begins his or her appointment. Assistants and Fellows 
should be familiar with the policies regarding tuition remission and residency classification. The fact that Fellows and 
Teaching Assistants are billed at the In-State rate does not change their residency status. 

Regents' Policy on Residency 

The University of Maryland Board of Regents have developed a policy and procedure that define a Maryland 
Resident for tuition and charge-differential purposes. This information, and all relevant procedures, is maintained on 
the Residency Classification Office's web site: http://www.testudo. umd.edu/rco/policy.html . 



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Chapter 4: Registration Policies 

Registration and Credit Information 

Information concerning registration procedures, deadlines, late fees, and current tuition and expenses is found in 
the Schedule of Classes, published regularly by the Office of the Registrar. Students interested in summer session 
courses should obtain the Summer Guide and address any questions to the Office of Student Services 
( summer@umd.edu ; 301-314-8240) Registration information for all academic sessions is also available on the 
University's web page ( http://www.umd.edu ). 

Designation of Full-Time and Part-Time Status 

The Graduate School uses a unit system in making calculations to determine full-time or part-time student status. 
Please note that graduate units are different from credit hours. The number of graduate units per credit hour is 
calculated in the following manner: 

Courses in the series: 000-399 carry 2 units per credit hour. 

Courses in the series: 400-499 carry 4 units per credit hour. 

Courses in the series: 500-599 carry 5 units per credit hour. 

Courses in the series: 600-897 carry 6 units per credit hour. 

Master's Research course: 799 carries 12 units per credit hour. 

Pre-candidacy Doctoral Research courses: 898 carries 18 units per credit hour. 

Doctoral Dissertation Research: 899 carries 18 units per credit hour. All doctoral candidates must pay 

candidacy tuition for which they will be registered for six (6) credit hours of 899; this defines all currently 

registered doctoral candidates as full-time. 

All doctoral candidates must pay the flat candidacy tuition for which they will be registered for six (6) credit hours of 
899; this defines all currently registered doctoral candidates as full-time. 

To be certified as full time, a graduate student must be officially registered for a combination of courses equivalent to 
48 units per semester. Graduate assistants holding regular appointments have full-time status if they are registered 
for at least 24 units in addition to the assistantship; holders of half-time assistantships are considered full-time if 
registered for 36 units. Audited courses do not generate graduate units and cannot be used in calculating full-time or 
part-time status. 

Course Numbering System 

Courses are designated as follows: 

000-099 Non-credit courses. 

100-199 Primarily first-year courses (not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees). 

200-299 Primarily sophomore courses (not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees). 

300-399 Junior and senior courses (not acceptable for credit toward graduate degrees). 

400-499 Junior and senior courses acceptable for credit toward some graduate degrees. The number of such credits is 

limited by policies of the Graduate School and by the graduate program. 
500-599 Professional school courses (Dentistry, Law, Medicine) and post-baccalaureate courses not for graduate degree 

credit. 
600-898 Courses restricted to graduate students (see above for exceptions). 

799 Master's thesis credit. 

899 Doctoral dissertation credit. 



The first character of the numeric position of the course number determines the level of the course and the last two 
digits are used for course identification. Courses ending with the numeral 8 or 9 are the only courses that are 
repeatable for credit. 

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Continuous Registration Requirements 

All graduate students must register for courses and pay associated tuition and fees each semester, not including 
summer and winter sessions, until the degree is awarded. 

A student who fails to register and who has not requested and received a waiver of registration or "Leave of Absence 
for Childbearing, Adoption, Illness or Dependent Care" will be notified by the Graduate School after the first day of 
classes that he or she must register for the current semester. The Graduate School will also inform the Graduate 
Director of the graduate program that the student is in jeopardy of termination. If the student does not register, he or 
she will be dismissed from the Graduate School at the end of the semester for failure to comply with the continuous 
registration requirement. 

A student who is dismissed for non-registration may appeal dismissal during a 30-day period following the end of the 
semester of non-registration. If the student does not appeal, or if the appeal is denied, and the student wishes to 
continue in the Graduate School, the student must apply for readmission. In this case, readmission does not alter the 
initial requirements for time to complete the degree or advance to candidacy. 

Waiver of Registration for Certificate, Master's, and Pre-Candidacy Doctoral Students 

Certificate, Master's, and pre-candidacy Doctoral students who will be away from the University for a semester or a 
year may request a waiver of continuous registration and its associated tuition for the semester or year. Waivers of 
registration will by granted only if the student is making satisfactory progress toward the degree and can complete the 
degree requirements within the required time limits. Interruption of registration cannot be used to justify a time 
extension. 

Permission for non-registration is obtained from the Graduate Director of the student's program and the waiver must 
be filed with the Graduate School. Students who are not registered may not use any University facilities, including the 
library, and should expect to consult with members of the Graduate Faculty seldom or not at all. 

A request for a waiver of registration should be filed 30 days before the beginning of the semester or year for which 
the waiver is sought. Tuition waiver requests will be granted only when the student affirms in writing that he or she will 
not be using any University resources, including the time of faculty members, during the waiver period. 

Waiver of Registration for Doctoral Candidates 

Doctoral Candidates are not eligible for Waivers of Continuous Registration. Each doctoral Candidate must maintain 
continuous registration in 899 (Doctoral Dissertation Research) until the degree is awarded. Waivers of Registration 
may be granted only under the University's policy for Leave of Absence for Graduate Students for Childbearing, 
Adoption, Illness or Dependent Care (see below). 

Waiver of Mandatory Fees 

A waiver of Mandatory Fees may be granted to any graduate student, including Doctoral Candidates, if the student 
will be away from the University for a semester or a year. An application for waiver of Mandatory Fees must be 
submitted to the Graduate School 30 days before the beginning of the semester for which the waiver is sought. The 
waiver may be granted for a semester or a year. 

Leave of Absence for Childbearing, Adoption, Illness or Dependent Care 

In recognition of the effects that childbirth, adoption, illness, and caring for incapacitated dependents (such as 
children, ill or injured partners, or aging parents) may have on the time and energy that graduate students have to 
devote to their educational programs, the University allows students in such circumstances to apply for a leave of 
absence of up to two semesters during which time they do not intend to make academic progress toward the 
completion of their degree. The time taken on an approved leave of absence is not included in the time limitations for 
degree completion and advancement to candidacy. For the Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Policy, which 
enables students to maintain full-time enrollment status rather than take a leave of absence, see the Parental 
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Length of Leaves 

Application for a leave of absence may be made on a one- or two-semester basis. A leave of absence ordinarily will 
not be granted for more than one academic year. Leaves requested for a longer period are approved only in 
exceptional circumstances. An approved leave for one semester will be extended to two semesters as needed, if so 
requested by the applicant prior to the expiration of the approved one- semester leave of absence. 

Application Procedures 

A leave of absence for childbearing, adoption, illness, or dependent care normally must be requested and approved 
prior to the beginning of the academic term for which it is being requested. A letter of request should be addressed to 
the Dean of the Graduate School and should provide a detailed explanation of the circumstances leading to the 
request and a justification of the time requested (one semester or one year). The request must be approved by the 
student's faculty advisor and Graduate Director prior to submission to the Graduate Dean. The faculty advisor, 
Graduate Director, and/or Graduate Dean may request a doctor's statement. Approved leaves will stop the student's 
"time-to-degree clock." 

Special Considerations 

• Registration Requirements . Students on approved leaves of absence are not registered at the University and, 
therefore, do not have the rights and privileges of registered students. Students must be registered during a semester 
in which they fulfill a University or departmental degree requirement, such as taking qualifying exams or submitting a 
dissertation/thesis. In addition, students must also be registered in order to be eligible for any form of University 
financial aid (e.g., a teaching or research assistantship) and to be certified as full-time students. 

• Impact on Funding . When contemplating a leave of absence, graduate students are advised to consult with the 
sources of their funding to determine whether a leave might involve a long-term financial loss. Because academic 
programs and financial aid packages may be constructed and sequenced over a period of years, individual 
interruptions to the normal sequence of academic progress and scheduled employment may result in a loss of future 
funding and a slower time to completion of degree. In some programs, a leave of absence may mean that students 
may have to join a new project upon return, with the likelihood that their research may take longer to complete. 
Whenever a leave of absence is being considered, a student should meet with the advisor to develop a plan for 
resumption of study and gain a clear understanding of future funding opportunities. Some outside funding agencies 
frown on interruptions to a degree program. Some only allow leaves for medical reasons or military service. Others 
require prior approval of the fellowship agency. 

• Students with outstanding educational loans need to consider the effect of taking a leave of absence on their 
loan status. For some student loans, a grace period for repaying the loan begins once the student stops registering. If 
the leave period is longer than the grace period, then the student may have to begin repaying the loan while on a 
leave of absence. Prior to taking a leave, students should arrange to meet with a Student Financial Aid officer, and/or 
contact their lenders . 

• International students . Non-immigrant F-1 and J-1 students and their dependents must maintain legal 
immigration status at all times. Students with F-1 or J-1 visas must be enrolled full-time every semester at the 
University while they remain in the United States . The only possible exception that might allow a student to remain in 
the United States while on an approved leave of absence might be a serious illness or medical condition. Students 
are advised to consult with the staff of the Office of International Educational Services for more information when 
considering a leave of absence. 

• Student Accounts . Students are advised to check with the Bursar's Office prior to taking an approved leave of 
absence in order to determine the status of their student accounts. Students are advised that accounts that are 
overdue will be subject to regular procedures in accordance with University guidelines, notwithstanding any approved 
leave of absence: specifically, late fees and finance charges will continue to accrue, students will be blocked from 
future registration upon their return, and accounts will be referred to the State Central Collection Unit, with the 
imposition of additional collection charges, for non-payment in accordance with regular timeframes. 

• University Housing . The University's general policy is that students must be registered to be eligible for University 
housing. For specific information about continued eligibility for University housing during an approved leave of 
absence, students are advised to contact the Department of Resident Life. Additional restrictions may apply to 

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students leasing housing through Southern Management Corporation. For specific information, students should 
contact the appropriate rental agent. 

• Access to University Resources . Students who are on a leave of absence do not have a valid University of 
Maryland Identification card and therefore are not entitled to use University resources, such as the libraries, 
recreational centers, shuttle buses, and other services covered by mandatory fees. Students seeking information on 
use of the libraries while on an official leave of absence may find it at http://www. lib. umd.edu/PUBSERV/spcmck. html , 
or they may contact the McKeldin Library Circulation Department, Special Borrowers Office, Monday-Friday, 9:00 
a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Academic Calendar 

The Academic Calendar is printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. This Calendar contains key deadlines 
for all graduate students. Graduate students preparing to graduate must consult the Academic Calendar during the 
first week of the semester in which they plan to graduate. 

Course and Credit Changes 

A graduate student may drop a course, add a course, change between audit and credit status, change the number of 
credits for a course within the listed range, cancel registration, or withdraw from the University without special 
approval until the tenth class day each semester. No credit level changes or grading option changes are permitted 
after the tenth week of classes. The deadlines are published each semester in the Schedule of Classes ; the 
procedures governing each of these transactions are listed below. Drop/Add and other changes may be done in 
person at the Registrar's Office or online at http://www.testudo.umd.edu . Full refunds are not available for 
reductions in total credits after the first day of classes. For more information, please see the Refunds section of 
this Catalog. 

Exceptions to the published deadlines require a petition to the Graduate School which must include the written 
approval of the instructor and the Graduate Director of the program. Petitions should be submitted to the Graduate 
School , 2123 Lee Building . The graduate program stamp must be placed on the change of grading option/credit 
level form. 

Withdrawal from Classes 

The term "withdrawal" means termination of enrollment in all classes for a given semester. The date of the withdrawal 
is indicated on a graduate student's academic record. To withdraw from a semester on or before the last day of 
classes a graduate student must notify the Office of the Registrar, 1113 Mitchell Building, in writing or in person. 
Withdrawal becomes effective on the date notification is received in the Records Office. The University Refund Policy 
applies to withdrawals after the first day of classes. Students who withdraw may be in violation of the University's 
continuous registration requirement, unless they have received a waiver of registration from the Graduate School. 

If the time limitation in a master's or pre-candidacy student's program has not lapsed (5 years to obtain a master's 
degree and 5 years to reach doctoral candidacy), the graduate student is eligible to re-enroll without readmission 
provided he or she has received a waiver of registration from the graduate program or has received an approved 
Leave of Absence from the Graduate School; withdrawal by a doctoral candidate without an approved Leave of 
Absence or Waiver of Registration will officially end the student's status as a graduate student. 

Resignation from the University 

A graduate student wishing to withdraw from the University and terminate his or her graduate student standing may 
do so by submitting a letter to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will then cancel the student's admission 
status, effective the date the letter is received. If the student is registered for classes at the time of his or her 
resignation, the Graduate School will ask the Office of the Registrar to withdraw the student effective the date of the 
resignation. The University Refund Policy applies for resignation after the first day of classes. A graduate student 
seeking to return to the University of Maryland after resigning must reapply for admission and is subject to all 
graduate program and Graduate School requirements. He or she may be required to repeat previously elected 
courses (see time limits for relevant degree or certificate programs). 

Grading Systems 

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The University's A through F grading system is used in graduate level courses. A "Satisfactory or Failure" (S-F) 
grading system may be used for certain types of graduate study at the discretion of the graduate program. These 
include courses that require independent fieldwork, special projects, or independent study. Graduate program 
seminars, workshops, and graduate program courses in instructional methods may also be appropriate for the S-F 
grading system. The "Pass-Fail" grading system is not available for graduate students. However, a graduate program 
may allow, in certain cases, a graduate student to use the Pass-Fail option for 100-300 level courses. Graduate credit 
may not be earned for these courses. Either the A-F or the S-F grading system may be used for master's thesis 
(799), and pre-candidacy (898) and doctoral dissertation (899) research, as well as for courses labeled "Independent 
Study" or "Special Problems." Only one grading system may be used per course in a particular semester except for 
thesis and dissertation credits. The grading system will be designated by the student's graduate program or the 
graduate program offering the course. 



Graduate Credit for Undergraduates 

An undergraduate degree-seeking student at the University of Maryland may register for graduate-level courses (600- 
897) with the approval of the Dean of his or her academic college, the chair of the department, the instructor offering 
the course, and the Dean of the Graduate School. These courses will be recorded as "for graduate credit only" and 
may ONLY be applied toward an advanced degree at this university or elsewhere. Students eligible for this option 
normally will have achieved Junior standing, will have a GPA of at least 3.0, and will have successfully completed the 
prerequisite courses with a grade of "B-" or better. The student must submit a plan of study showing that taking 
graduate courses will not unduly delay completion of the requirements for the bachelor's degree. The total of 
graduate and undergraduate credits attempted in any semester may not be more than eighteen. The graduate credits 
so earned will not count toward any requirements for the bachelor's degree. A maximum of 12 credits may be taken 
for graduate credit by a student during his or her tenure as an undergraduate at the University. 

Undergraduate Credit for Graduate Courses 

Subject to requirements determined by the Graduate Faculty of the department or program offering the course, 
undergraduate degree-seeking students may register for graduate level courses, (those numbered from 600 to 897) 
with the exception of 799, for undergraduate credit. The student must obtain the prior approval of the department and 
instructor offering the course. 

Enrollment in a graduate-level course does not in any way imply subsequent departmental or Graduate School 
approval for admission into a graduate program. The course may not be used as credit for a graduate degree at the 
University of Maryland except as part of an approved Bachelor's/Master's program into which the student has been 
admitted. 

Partial Credit for Students With Disabilities 

The Graduate School recognizes that students with documented disabilities may be prevented from participating 
courses that include laboratories, studio work, or other non- classroom activities in which the student is prevented 
from participating because of the disability. Therefore, it is the Graduate School 's policy to allow students with 
disabilities to enroll in such courses, complete only those parts of the course that their capabilities permit, and receive 
credit for the course proportionate to their levels of participation. Students with disabilities should contact Disability 
Support Services (DSS) for information and assistance with any disability related issue. Phone (301) 314-7682 
(V/TTY). Graduate students with disabilities who wish to enroll under this policy should consult the Associate Dean 
for Student Affairs in the Graduate School. The Dean, in consultation with DSS, will assist the student in making the 
necessary arrangements with the graduate program offering the course, the graduate program in which the student is 
enrolled, and the Office of Registrar. The final agreement as to the student's level of participation and the amount of 
credit to be awarded will be specified in an agreement to be drawn up by the Associate Dean of the Graduate School 
for Student Affairs and signed by all parties concerned. 

Inter-Institutional Registration, University System of Maryland 

A student admitted to the Graduate School in any institution of the University System of Maryland is eligible to take 
courses at any other institution of the University System of Maryland subject to the approval of the Graduate Directors 
and the Graduate Deans of the home and host institutions. Credits earned at a host institution are considered 
resident credit at the home institution, and, following normal procedures for graduate program approval, these credits 

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may be used to meet University of Maryland graduation requirements. Transcripts of courses taken at another 
institution will be maintained at the home institution and fees will be paid to the home institution. Forms for registration 
as an inter-institutional student may be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. 

The Washington Consortium Arrangement 

The University of Maryland is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area . 
Other institutions currently associated with the consortium include American University, The Catholic University of 
America, the University of the District of Columbia, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, Georgetown 
University, George Washington University, Howard University, Marymount University, Trinity University, the National 
Defense University, The Joint Military Intelligence College, and Southeastern University. Students enrolled in any one 
of these institutions are able to attend certain classes at the other institutions and have the credit considered 
"residence" credits at their own institutions. Grades in these courses are calculated into the student's GPA. Tuition 
remission awarded to graduate assistants and fellows may not be used to pay for courses at other consortium 
universities. Graduate assistants and fellows must pay for any courses that they take under the consortium 
arrangement. Students from schools in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area may 
register for University of Maryland courses on a space-available basis beginning with the first day of classes. 

The policies governing registration through the Consortium Arrangement are listed below. 

• Courses for majors in graduate programs at the University of Maryland that have restricted enrollment will not be 
available to students from other consortium schools. Similar rules may apply at other consortium universities. 

• Students from consortium schools are expected to meet all prerequisites for University of Maryland courses for 
which they wish to enroll. Similar rules may apply at other consortium universities. 

• Students from consortium schools will not be permitted to register for practica, workshops, internships, and other 
experiential courses at the University of Maryland . Similar rules may apply at other consortium universities. 

• Students from consortium schools who have previously applied for admission to a University of Maryland graduate 
degree program and have been denied admission will be permitted to register for graduate courses in that program 
only with the specific approval of the Director of Graduate Studies of the program. 

• Students from consortium schools who have been dismissed from the University of Maryland for disciplinary or 
financial reasons will not be permitted to enroll in courses at the University of Maryland under the consortium 
arrangement. 



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Chapter 5: Financial Policies: Tuition and Fees 

Payment of Tuition and Fees 

Tuition rates and fees are posted on the University's web site at http://www.umd.edu/bursar/Tuitionfees.html . 

Tuition, fees, and other University charges may be paid by mail, online ( http://www.umd. edu/bursar )or in person at 
the Cashier's Window of the Bursar's Office, 1 135 Lee Building , 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The 
University accepts checks and Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for payment. Checks should 
be made payable to "The University of Maryland." Students can also obtain their account balances through 
TESTUDO ( http://www.testudo.umd.edu ). 

It is the policy of the University not to allow deferment of payment pending the result of an application for financial 
assistance to an outside agency, including Veterans Administration benefits, bank loans, or guaranteed student loan 
programs. 

Each student is individually responsible for his or her bill and for meeting payment deadlines. Failure to meet these 
deadlines may result in late charges or cancellation of registration. The University will suspend services to students 
for delinquent indebtedness and failure to pay bills. The University will also transfer delinquent accounts to the State 
Central Collections Unit, which will levy further late fees and take necessary steps to obtain payment. 

See the most recent Schedule of Classes for more detailed information about payment, fees, and delinquent 
accounts. All payment deadlines are published in the Schedule of Classes. 

Forms of Financial Aid 

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers a number of programs to assist graduate students (e.g. loans and 
federal work study). Please see http://www.financialaid.umd.edu for more information. 

Emergency Loans 

Students may receive up to $500 as an interest-free loan that must be repaid in 60 days. If the loan is not repaid 
within 60 days, the amount will be charged against the student's account and late fees may be incurred. These loans 
are available from the Office of Student Financial Aid, 1 1 35 Lee Building. Applicants should bring documentation of 
their need. They will then be asked to complete a short loan application form. They will subsequently meet briefly with 
a loan counselor who will review their need. The loan counselor will either approve or deny funds. 

Refunds 
University Refund Statement 

Tuition, fees, and refundable deposits are authorized for refund only if the student completes the prescribed 
withdrawal procedures or is dismissed from the University. Residence Hall and Dining Services charges are 
authorized for refund only if the student completes the prescribed residence hall and dining services contract release 
procedures. Please refer to the current Schedule of Classes for complete refund information and procedures. 

Refunds for Withdrawal from All Classes 

A Cancellation of Registration submitted to the Registrar's Office before the first day of classes entitles the student to 
a full credit or refund of semester tuition and fees. 

After classes begin, students who wish to terminate their registration and withdraw from all classes must follow the 
withdrawal procedures specified in the Schedule of Classes. Students will find the necessary forms for withdrawal in 
1 101 Mitchell Building. The effective date used in computing refunds is the date the withdrawal form is filed with the 
Registrar's Office. Stopping payment on a check, failure to pay the semester bill, or failure to attend classes does not 
constitute withdrawal. 

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Students withdrawing from the University will be credited for tuition in accordance with the following schedule: 

Period from date instruction begins Refundable tuition * 

Two weeks or less 80% 

Two to three weeks 60% 

Three to four weeks 40% 

Four to five weeks 20% 

Over five weeks no refund 

* Fees are non-refundable after the first day of classes. 

Withdrawal from all classes may be a violation of the Graduate School's Continuous Registration policy. Students 
withdrawing from classes who intend to continue in their graduate degree or certificate program should secure a 
Waiver of Continuous Registration or Leave of Absence from the Graduate School before withdrawing. 

Refunds for Dropping Individual Courses 

Graduate students may obtain refunds for courses that are dropped (if dropping a course results in the overall 
number of registered credits) during the first ten days of classes. Students may drop and add courses without 
penalty provided that the changes are made on the same day and that the total number of credits does not change. 
Graduate students are charged by the credit hour. A percentage charge and/or complete charge will be imposed 
according to the schedule below: 

Prior to the first day of classes — no charge 100% refund. 

During the first ten days of classes - 20% charge. 80% refund. 

After the first ten days of classes. — 100% charge. 0% refund. 

For funds to be returned, students must file a request for a refund with the Office of the Bursar. If a request for refund 
is not filed, credit on the student account will automatically be carried over to the next semester. Refund requests 
may be made by addressing a letter to the Office of The Bursar, Lee Building, University of Maryland, College Park, 
20742, visiting the Student Financial Service Center, Lee Building, Room 1135, between 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 
Monday-Friday, or requesting a refund online through Testudo . A credit balance is not automatically refunded. 

Fellowships, Assistantships, and Financial Assistance 

The University of Maryland recognizes the high cost of education today and makes every effort to offer financial 
assistance to qualified students through a variety of programs. Approximately seventy percent (70%) of all full-time 
graduate students receive financial support, which may include remission of tuition, teaching and research 
assistantships, work-study support, and University and other fellowships. Referrals for University or area employment 
opportunities for students and students' spouses are also available in various graduate programs and in specific 
student service centers at the University. 

Admission to a graduate degree program is a prerequisite for the award of a teaching or research assistantship, a 
fellowship, a traineeship, a loan, or a work-study award. 

Graduate Fellowships 

Graduate Fellowships are funded by the Graduate School through grants allocated to the academic colleges 
specifically for this purpose. Applicants and current students must apply directly to their Graduate Programs for 
fellowship funding. The Graduate School offers a limited number of dissertation fellowships. Applications are solicited 
annually. More information may be obtained from the Graduate 

School, http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/prospective students/gs fellowships.html . For more information, also please 
see the Fellowships chapter of this Catalog. 

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A graduate assistantship is an academic appointment not involving academic tenure. Such assistantships take the 
form of teachings assistantships, research assistantships or, in a few cases, administrative assistantships. Offers of 
these positions are made to graduate students directly by the programs and departments. 

The assigned duties of a graduate assistant are consistent with the aims and objectives of the teaching and research 
missions of the University. An appointment of 20 hours per week is considered a full-time assistantship. An 
appointment of 1 hours per week is considered a half-time assistantship. The responsibilities assigned to a graduate 
assistant should take into account what may be reasonably expected given the graduate assistant's education and 
experience. 

For more information, please see the Assistantships chapter of this Catalog . 

Overload Payments for Graduate Students 

Under certain circumstances, fellows and graduate assistants may be offered employment in addition to their normal 
appointments. As outlined in Chapter 15: Graduate Assistants and Chapter 16: Graduate Fellows, approval for such 
overload payments must be obtained from the Graduate School in advance of the appointment. The required request 
form can be found at http://www.qradschool. umd.edu/imaqes/uploads/overload.pdf . 

Travel Grants 

The Graduate School administers the Jacob K. Goldhaber travel grants for graduate students. Goldhaber grants are 
available to support part of the cost of attending conferences at which graduate students will present the results of 
their research. Because funding is limited, students are urged to apply as soon as their presentations have been 
accepted. More information is available at http://www.gradschool. umd.edu/current students/travel awards.html . 



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Chapter 6: Policies for Graduate Assistantships 

Introduction 

Graduate Assistants are, first and foremost, graduate students pursuing an education. The opportunity to work 
closely with faculty members and undergraduate students in teaching, research, or administrative environments is an 
integral part of that education. 

Graduate students who hold assistantships benefit educationally and professionally. They gain further expertise in 
their field; enhance their research skills and develop pedagogical skills; acquire experience in leadership, 
interpersonal effectiveness, and performance evaluation; acquire academic administrative experience; and enjoy 
collegial collaborations with advisors that may result in joint publications and other professional activities. Skills 
learned in assistantships prepare students not only for the academy, but also for corporate, government, and 
nonprofit organizations. 

Assistantships also provide graduate students with the financial resources necessary to pursue their degrees. 
This financial support — stipend, tuition remission, and benefits — is part of the University's commitment to the success 
of our graduate students. 

The University is committed to ensuring that graduate assistant assignments are productive, enhance student 
qualifications, meet funding support and workload goals, and are consistent with the educational objectives of the 
student and his or her program. 



I. General Policies 

Categories 

The official title of Graduate Assistant (GA) is used in all university documents, but, in general practice, Graduate 
Assistants are referred to either as Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs), Graduate Research Assistants (RAs), or 
Graduate Administrative Assistants (AAs). Additionally, a small number of Graduate Assistants serve as resident life 
counselors. Qualified graduate students often move between these kinds of appointments during their graduate 
education. 

Administration 

Graduate Assistants at the University of Maryland, College Park are under the direct supervision of the department, 
program, or unit that offers the appointment. The department determines the GA's assignment, supervises his or her 
work, and recommends him or her for reappointment and promotion to various stipend or compensation levels. The 
department is the primary source of information for the details of the assistantship. Within the department, the GA's 
work assignment is determined by the Department Chair, the Director of Graduate Studies, any duly appointed 
executive committees and assistants to the chair, and/or the faculty member assigned to supervise the GA's 
particular course, laboratory session, or research project. Graduate Administrative Assistants are under the 
supervision of the heads of the academic or non-academic units in which they work. 

Student Status 

A Graduate Assistant is on an academic appointment not involving academic tenure. The appointment may be full- 
time (20 hours per week) or half-time (10 hours per week). 

GAs holding regular 20-hour appointments are considered full-time students by the University if they are registered 
for at least 24 units. GAs who hold half-time (10 hour) assistantships are considered full-time students if they are 
registered for 36 units. Audited courses do not generate units and cannot be used in calculating registration status. 
Individual departments or graduate programs may have higher registration requirements for their GAs. 

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A Graduate Assistant must be a registered graduate student in good standing enrolled in a degree program at the 
University of Maryland, College Park and must be making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Appointments are 
normally given to those students who have shown superior aptitude in their field of study and who appear likely to 
render a high quality of service to the university by their teaching or research activities or their administrative work in 
a unit. Advanced Special Students are not eligible to hold Graduate Assistantships. 

In rare instances, an appointment of a Graduate Research Assistantship (RA) may be made for a graduate student 
who has been admitted into a graduate degree program at another campus within the University System of Maryland. 
In this exceptional case, the student will be supported by a Principal Investigator whose research contract or grant is 
administered by the College Park campus. The student's tuition, benefits, etc. will also be paid from research funds. 

English Proficiency Requirements for International Students 

International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) who are non-native speakers of English are required to undergo an 
evaluation of their spoken English abilities by the Maryland English Institute (MEI). The ITA Evaluation is not required 
of students who serve only as graders or researchers, or whose entire education has been in the U.S, United 
Kingdom, Ireland, English-speaking Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Anglophone Africa, or Commonwealth 
Caribbean. Students must pass the ITA Evaluation prior to being assigned teaching duties, including duties in labs. 
This requirement may not be waived. 

The Graduate School pays the fee for the ITA Evaluation for students who have been formally appointed as TAs. All 
other students are responsible for paying this fee. If the department wishes to cover the cost of the evaluation for 
those students, the Graduate Director must indicate this in writing on the referral form. 

Students who fail the ITA Evaluation are required to take an English course. On the basis of the evaluation results, 
MEI will place the student into either UMEI 006 (pronunciation) or UMEI 008 (broader communication patterns). If the 
student has been formally appointed as a TA, the department is responsible for the tuition of the course and may not 
pass the cost of this instruction on to the student. If the student fails the ITA evaluation and is not an ITA, the student 
is responsible for paying tuition for the course. Tuition remission cannot be used for UMEI courses. 

Full details regarding the ITA Evaluation can be found 

at http://www.education.umd.edu/institutesandcenters/MEI/ELTs/ITAE.htm. 



II. Appointments 

Appointment, Reappointment, Duration of Appointment 

Most Graduate Assistants are appointed either for a regular academic year (9.5 months) or for 12 months. Some 
appointments may be for a shorter period. The academic-year appointment begins in mid-August and ends in May. 
Students may be reappointed one or more times at the discretion of the department in which they serve. To allow a 
larger number of qualified students to benefit from assistantships, many departments limit the number of years that a 
graduate student may serve as an assistant in any capacity. 

Each department is responsible for determining and communicating its own specific criteria, within the limits of 
university policy, for assessing student qualification for appointment and reappointment to a graduate assistantship. 
In general, reappointment is dependent upon satisfactory performance and normal progress toward a graduate 
degree. As with all university faculty and staff positions, appointment and reappointment are contingent upon the 
availability of funds. 

Letters of Appointment 

It is the responsibility of the department to notify the graduate student in an official letter of the final offer of 
appointment. These letters provide information on the terms of the assistantship and should be explicit and clear with 
respect to workload expectations. A template can be found at the following 
link: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/images/uploads/GA%20Appointment%20Letter%20Template.doc. 

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Each department is responsible for determining procedures for review and evaluation of Graduate Assistants and for 
informing GAs of these procedures. The process of evaluation will vary by departments, and may include written 
assessment of work by an individual faculty member, classroom visitation by designated faculty members, and written 
student evaluations. The results of reviews and evaluations should be discussed with the GA concerned. 

Termination or Loss of Support 

A Graduate Assistant's appointment may be terminated before the expiration of its designated term for loss of 
funding, for cause, for academic delinquency, by written notice, and by voluntary mutual agreement. 

A. Loss of Funding. A graduate assistantship may be terminated on account of a loss, reduction, or reallocation in 
appropriation, grant, contract, gift, or other funds with which to support the appointment. Subject to the fiscal 
priorities of the unit, programs will make a good faith effort to find alternative funding for the full term of the 
appointment for a GA who is in good standing and making satisfactory progress to degree. The University will give 
the GA 30 calendar days written notice of termination for loss of funding. 

B. Cause. An appointment may be terminated immediately for cause. The following are examples of sufficient cause 
for removal: incompetence, inefficiency, wanton carelessness or neglect of duty, insubordination, repeated or 
extended absence, and misconduct related to the GA's suitability or capacity to continue to perform assignments. A 
GA may be suspended from responsibilities without pay pending the investigation of cause for termination of the 
appointment. 

C. Academic Delinquency. An appointment may be terminated if the GA is not making satisfactory academic 
progress to a degree or is otherwise not in good academic standing. The termination shall be in writing and may be 
immediate or with such notice as the University believes compatible with the GA's academic situation, not to exceed 
30 calendar days. 

D. Written Notice. An appointment may be terminated by delivery of 30 days written notice to the GA. 

E. Voluntary Agreement. With the agreement of the University, an appointment may be terminated by the voluntary 
written resignation of the GA. 

Special Appeals Procedures 

A Graduate Assistant whose appointment shall be terminated for the reasons A., B., C, or D., above, may obtain a 
review by the Chair of the Department under the Informal Consultation procedure in Section VII, below. Thereafter, if 
desired, the GA may obtain a special review by the Dean of the unit where the assistantship is located. 1 The GA shall 
initiate the formal review by sending a letter to the Dean with copies to the faculty member and the Department Chair. 
To be considered, the letter must be received by the Dean within 1 5 calendar days from the date the GA is first 
informed of the intent to terminate the assistantship. 

The grounds for appeal in terminations based on Loss of Funding, Academic Delinquency, and Written Notice shall 
be prejudicial procedural error and/or a violation of substantive due process. 2 The burden of proof in these types of 
termination shall be upon the GA. The burden of proof in terminations for Cause shall be on the faculty member to 
demonstrate that cause exists and warrants termination. 

Upon receipt of the letter requesting formal review, the Dean will: 

1 . Solicit a written response from the faculty member; and, 

2. Offer to meet with the GA and the faculty member, either individually or together, before reaching a decision. The 
Dean shall consult with the Department Chair and such other persons as the Dean believes may be knowledgeable 
about the matter. The Dean shall endeavor to convey a written decision and, where appropriate, the remedy, to the 
GA and the faculty member within 1 calendar days of receipt of the letter requesting formal review. 

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Renewal and Non-Renewal of Appointment 

The University does not guarantee an appointment as a Graduate Assistant will be renewed at the end of its 
designated term. Although appointments are often renewed, the University cannot promise and there can be no 
expectancy that a graduate assistantship will be continued over an extended period of time. 



1 For assistantships in non-academic units, "Dean" shall mean the Vice President of the division. 

2 A termination would violate substantive due process if it is arbitrary or capricious or if it were based on an illegal or 
unconstitutional consideration. 



III. Duties and Time Commitments 

The assigned duties of a Graduate Assistant are consistent with the objectives of the teaching and research missions 
of the university, including the objective that assistantships are to be educationally productive for graduate students. 
Workload expectations of the department, and of the student's advisor/supervisor, should be explicit and clear. The 
appointment may be full-time (20 hours per week) or half-time (1 hours per week). 

Departments are to provide work assignments that GAs receiving full stipends can satisfactorily complete in no more 
than a 20-hour average work week, and are to ensure that GAs spend no more than 20 hours per week on average 
throughout the term of appointment on work unrelated to their research. The actual number of hours required to 
complete assignments in any given week may vary. 

Graduate Teaching Assistants 

The specific duties of Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs) vary across disciplines and departments. For the majority 
of teaching assistants, however, assignments and responsibilities fall into four categories: 

■ Assuming teaching responsibility for a laboratory or discussion session of a course; 

■ Assuming teaching responsibility for a classroom section of a multi-sectional course, under the close 
supervision of the director(s) of the course; 

■ Assisting a faculty member in the grading, advising, and administrative duties necessary for a course(s); 

■ Assisting in general departmental administrative duties, such as advising or the administration of community 
programs, workshops, etc. 

Within a department, the particular assignment depends on the department's needs and the experience and 
academic qualifications of the TA. All graduate TAs serving in any capacity are under the direction and close 
supervision of a member of the faculty. 

Time Commitment: For TAs, the 20-hour average should include the time spent in faculty lectures, class preparation, 
classroom or laboratory teaching, reading and commenting on student papers or examinations, office consultation, 
and other duties required to carry out the teaching role. 

The time that TAs devote to their assignments varies. The proportion of hours spent in preparation, classroom or 
laboratory time, and grading, for example, differs from one discipline to another. In some disciplines, a new TA may 
find that a task such as grading initially requires more time than the usual 20-hour weekly average allows. 

TAs may be required to come to campus prior to the actual beginning of classes to participate in orientation and 
class-preparation duties. TAs usually complete their formal duties when examinations have been graded. 

Graduate Research Assistants 

The specific duties of Graduate Research Assistants (RAs) vary according to the nature of the research project in 
which they participate and the source of the funding. RAs may occasionally be asked to conduct some work at home 
or to do their research at times when classes are not officially in session. The duties of RAs are also performed under 
the close direction and supervision of a member of the faculty. 

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Time Commitment: For RAs, the 20-hour average should include the time spent in library and/or laboratory, and on all 
other research tasks providing assistance to the assigned project. 

Graduate students working on research projects funded by grants are often also working on material directly related 
to their theses or dissertations. It is not unusual in such cases for grant work and personal work to merge and for the 
work time to consume far more than the usual 20-hour weekly average. 
Graduate RAs usually follow the project director's instructions regarding work when classes are not in session. 

Graduate Administrative Assistants 

A number of academic and non-academic units employ Graduate Administrative Assistants (AAs), generally to 
perform administrative support functions in an office setting. Such positions are expected to have a research or 
professional development component. Some administrative appointments are for less than one academic year. 

Time Commitment: For AAs, the 20-hour weekly average should include all time spent on assigned duties, including 
mandatory training sessions. Unless explicitly stated in writing, AAs are expected to work no more than the 20-hour 
average workweek. If greater amounts of time are periodically required, the unit must provide the AA with an offer 
letter that includes a statement of expected duties, approximate dates when extra hours might be necessary, and 
maximum work hours required. If the AA is required to work more than 20 hours in a given week, the time should be 
deducted from another week. 

Just as the unit may require the AA to work more than 20 hours in a given week to meet peak work periods, the AA 
may request that he or she be allowed to reduce time in a given week to finish a paper or study for an exam and 
make up the hours later. Such arrangements are allowed and encouraged and should be made between the student 
and the student's supervisor within the unit. 

AAs follow the staff holiday and vacation schedule. Consequently, if the campus is closed (for any reason) for regular 
staff, AAs who normally would work those days will receive the appropriate compensation and will not be required to 
make up the hours missed. 

Conflict Resolution 

A GA who experiences problems related to workload should address them without delay through the process 
indicated in Section VII, below. 



IV. Compensation 

Compensation and Stipends 

Three categories (called Steps) are currently used for the classification of graduate assistantships. These steps, 
based on a student's experience and progress toward the degree, determine compensation levels. Graduate 
Assistants fall into one of the three steps: Step I is only for first-year GAs; Step II is for second-year GAs, as well as 
for those students, new or continuing, holding a master's degree; and Step III is reserved for doctoral candidates. 

The Graduate School sets the minimum stipend level for Step I. Departments and programs determine their own 
increments for Step II and Step III within guidelines set annually by the Graduate School. All GAs working within a 
particular step, in a particular unit, should be paid the same assistantship stipend. 

TAs must be offered a 9.5-month or 1 2-month assistantship due to duties and responsibilities occurring after the last 
day of classes. 

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Graduate Assistants may be employed on campus for an additional 1 hours per week beyond their assistantship 
duties, with an overload approval. No individual may be employed in two capacities in the same department without 
an overload approval. International students may be limited to a certain number of hours of employment according to 
their visa status; these students should check with the International Education Services Office, 31 1 7 Mitchell Building, 
phone 301-314-7740. 

Domestic students who are GAs and who wish to hold more than one position on campus may do so only if the 
second position is paid on an hourly basis with Labor & Assistants funds (subcode 2075). This policy is necessary to 
avoid complications concerning benefits. For such individuals, the only benefits allowed are those associated with the 
graduate assistantship. 

Additional Employment: Off-Campus 

It is expected that the combined responsibilities of graduate studies and assistantship duties will fully occupy a 
student during the academic year. The University, however, does not prohibit Graduate Assistants from accepting 
outside employment in addition to their assistantship appointment. It is up to the GA to determine how much time, if 
any, he or she can devote to additional activities while still maintaining satisfactory progress toward the degree and 
satisfactory fulfillment of the assistantship responsibilities. Departments and programs have the discretionary right, 
however, to make appointments to students whose commitment suggests that they are most likely to attain their 
educational goals and maintain their assistantship responsibilities expeditiously and effectively. 

Overload Payments for Graduate Students 

Overload requests are for temporary, short-term arrangements only. They must be limited to one semester per 
request and must be received and approved prior to the beginning of the appointment. No graduate student may be 
employed in two capacities within the same department without an overload approval. 

9.5-month Appointments 

A full-time GA (20 hours per week) on a 9.5-month appointment must have an overload approval for any on-campus 
employment above the assistantship assignment while classes are in session for the Fall and Spring semesters. 

An overload request must be submitted for Winter Term only if the student is teaching a Winter Term course, as a TA 
or lecturer, in addition to his or her normal assistantship assignment. 

An overload request must be submitted for Summer terms only if a student (a) is paid in the home unit over four equal 
pays for summer o/ispaid hourly for 20 hours per week and (b) also will be paid in a second unit or in Summer 
Programs. (The overload form should be completed for the second unit or Summer Programs.) 

12-month Appointments 

A full-time GA (20 hours per week) on a 12-month appointment must have an overload approval for any employment 
above the assistantship assignment when classes are in session during Fall and Spring semesters. 

During Winter Term and Summer terms, an overload request must be submitted only if the student is teaching a 
class, either as a TA or lecturer, in addition to the assistantship appointment. 

International Students 

Federal Law prohibits international students from working more than 20 hours per week while classes are in session; 
international students holding full-time assistantships (20 hours) are therefore ineligible for overload assignments 
during the Fall and Spring semesters. 

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GAs may not be employed in more than one position eligible for benefits; their percentage on payroll may not exceed 
50%. Hours over and above the assistantship must be paid with Labor & Assistants funds (subcode 2075). 

Retirement and Social Security (FICA) 

Retirement benefits are not withheld from the salaries of Graduate Assistants. GAs are exempt from Federal 
Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) taxes provided that they maintain enrollment and are registered with at least half- 
time status. 

Tax Status 

Pursuant to U.S. federal tax code revisions effective January 1 , 1987, all graduate students are liable to pay income 
tax on compensation received for Graduate Assistantships. The amount remitted for tuition is a benefit and is not 
taxed. A GA with questions about tax obligations should consult a tax counsel or the Internal Revenue Service (1 - 
800-829-1040). 



V. Tuition Remission and Benefits 

Tuition Remission and Mandatory Fees 

Graduate Assistants on a full-time appointment (20 hours per week) are eligible for 1 credits of tuition remission in 
the Fall and Spring semesters and 4 credits in Winter Term. GAs on a half-time appointment (10 hours per week) are 
eligible for 5 credits of tuition remission in the Fall and Spring semesters and 2 credits in Winter Term. GAs on a full- 
time 12-month appointment are also eligible for up to 8 credits of tuition remission during Summer; and GAs on a 
half-time 12-month appointment are eligible for up to 4 credits during Summer. 

Tuition remission is credited at the prevailing standard in-state credit hour rate at the time the class is taken. Some 
programs, such as the MBA, have higher credit hour rates or flat fee pricing. The tuition remission benefit does not 
cover the difference, which remains the responsibility of the GA. 

Tuition remission does not cover Mandatory Fees. Please see the Schedule of Classes for a current schedule of 
Mandatory Fees. 

Residency Classification 

All Graduate Assistants on a full-time or half-time appointment are billed at the in-state rate for credits taken during 
their appointment, including any credits taken over the tuition remission allowance. Official residency classification, 
however, does not change. Consequently, at any time when a graduate student is no longer supported by an 
assistantship — including summer months if the student is on a 9.5-month assistantship — he or she will be billed 
according to the official residency status that was assigned upon admission. Thus, a student may pay in-state rates 
during the academic year but out-of-state rates during the summer if the student is classified as out-of-state. 
Graduate students are urged to be aware of their official residency classification status and to address any problems 
immediately. 

Questions about residency classification and about changing residency status should be addressed to the Residency 
Classification Office, Room 1118 Mitchell Building, phone 301-405-2030. 

Health Insurance 

Graduate Assistants on a full-time or half-time appointment may enroll in the university employee health benefits 
program. The personnel coordinator in the student's department should be able to provide appropriate forms. GAs 
must enroll within 60 days of their initial employment to be eligible for a health care program. GAs may enroll their 
spouses and children under this program. 



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Any graduate student who is ineligible for the employee health care program may enroll in the student health 
insurance program offered by the University Health Center. For more information, call the University Health Center 
Insurance Office at 301 -314-81 65. 

Facilities and Parking 

It is the expectation that departments will provide Graduate Assistants with suitable workspace, laboratory space, 
and, when necessary, office space. GAs also generally have access to desks, file space, mailboxes, computers, 
telephones, and duplicating machines or services. 

Vehicles must display a valid UMCP parking permit or be parked in metered spaces. While GAs are not assigned to 
faculty parking lots, the Department of Transportation Services endeavors to assign GAs to a student lot close to the 
building where they work. Students who register early have the best choice of parking assignments. The Department 
of Transportation Services is located on the ground floor of Regents Parking Garage, phone 301 -314-PARK. Parking 
for GAs is not subsidized; each GA is responsible for the cost of his or her parking permit. 

Time Away from Duties 

The objective of graduate assistantships is education. They are a component of learning and, as practicum, advance 
understanding through application. Stipends are an acknowledgment both of the expense and need for support 
during graduate education and of the contribution made by the Graduate Assistant to the mission of the University. 
The relation between the GA and a professor is academic, partaking of the traditions and practices of the academy. 
While an appointment as graduate assistant shares some attributes of employment, these are secondary. Time away 
from duties is foremost time away from class, not time away from the office. The following "Time Away" policies 
reflect these principles. 

A. Accrued Leave. Graduate Assistants do not earn paid annual, personal, or sick leave. 

B. Time-Away from Duty. Graduate Assistants working full-time on 12-month appointments may have time-away from 
their duties. A full time (20 hours per week), 1 2-month assistantship carries the expectation that the GA will be 
allowed ten workdays (40 hours) of collegially supported absence. This time away from duties must be taken during 
the current appointment. It may not be accumulated or transferred. It does not include time when the University is 
closed. Because colleagues must perform the GA's responsibilities during an absence, reasonable notice and prior 
approval by the GA's supervisor are required. 

Time-away from duty may be used for such purpose as the GA elects and is, therefore, distinct and separate from 
allowable absences for illness, maternity, or adoption. 

C. Absence due to Illness. If a Graduate Assistant becomes ill, time away from duties should initially be supported 
collegially. Occasional, short-term absences on account of illness generally will not require the use of the allowable 
"time-away from duty" days. 

In the event an absence due to illness extends for a period longer than two weeks, support for time away from duties 
must be requested by the GA and lies in the discretion of the head of the funding unit (in the case of a State 
supported assistantship) or of the Principal Investigator or other grant administrator (in the case of an externally 
funded assistantship). The GA's request must be accompanied by supporting medical documentation satisfactory to 
the University, including a letter from a physician or other licensed heath-care professional that provides (1) the 
nature of the illness; (2) a statement that the GA should not return to work for health reasons; and (3) the duration of 
the required absence. The University may require the GA to have a fitness for duty examination prior to resuming 
duties. 

D. Absence due to Maternity or Adoption. On October 26, 201 1 , the Graduate Council approved the 
following Graduate Assistant Parental Accommodation Guidelines, subsequently endorsed by the Offices of the 
Provost and President 

Graduate Assistant Parental Accommodation Guidelines 



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It is important that graduate assistants becoming parents be accommodated; that parental accommodation be 
regarded as accepted practice; that the terms of an accommodation be reasonable and appropriate; that 
accommodations within a unit be consistent and equitable in application; and that a request for parental 
accommodation, if denied, receive timely review. 

1 . Parental accommodation is a "best practice." Departments are encouraged to continue their custom of offering 
reasonable accommodation to graduate assistants. Though reasonable accommodation will vary across campus, it 
might include providing stipend and benefits for a period whose duration would be determined locally (for example, 
four to six weeks). 

2. Departments, faculty, and graduate assistants should continue to work collegially to fashion the duration, schedule, 
and other terms of an accommodation, recognizing that these may differ from case to case owing to individual 
student circumstances and departmental cultures. 

3. A graduate assistant whose request for a reasonable accommodation is not approved should consult first with his 
or her Director of Graduate Studies or Department Chair, next with his or her college Dean, and last, if necessary, 
with the Dean of the Graduate School. Alternatively, the assistant may go directly to the Ombuds Officer for Graduate 
Students for advice and/or informal mediation. In either case, the Dean of the Graduate School will serve as the final 
arbiter between college/department and student. 

Approved by the Graduate Council on October 26, 201 1 



VI. Codes of Conduct 

Conduct and Professional Behavior 

A Graduate Assistant's teaching, research, and administrative activities are subject to the ethical precepts and codes 
of the academic profession, to the laws of the State of Maryland regarding its employees, and to University policies 
governing institutional obligations. Violation of any of these regulations constitutes a basis for disciplinary action in 
accordance with procedures set forth in the University's policies. 

In their interactions with students, faculty, and all other members of the university community, GAs are expected to 
conduct themselves with the same sensitivity and thoughtfulness that they expect to receive from others. The 
University Human Relations Code states that the University of Maryland affirms its commitment to a policy of 
eliminating discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, 
personal appearance, age, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, or on the basis of the exercise of rights 
secured by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. 

The precepts stated above apply equally to GAs and to supervisors of GAs. 

Equal Opportunity Statement 

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity institution with respect to both education and employment. The 
university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, or disability in admission 
to or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs and activities, as required by federal law (Title VI, Title 
IX, Section 504) and state laws and regulations. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 
1964, as amended, Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or 
related legal requirements should be directed to: 

Director, Human Relations Program 
Office of Human Relations 
1130 Shriver Lab 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: 301-405-2838 



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Inquiries concerning the application of Section 504 and Part 34 of C.F.R. to the University of Maryland may be 
directed to: 

Director, Disability Support Services 
0126 Shoemaker Hall 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 204742 
Telephone: 301-314-7682 (WTTY) 

Scholarly Misconduct 

Scholarly misconduct means fabrication, falsification, plagiarism or other misconduct in proposing, performing, 
reviewing, or reporting research and/or in connection with other scholarly or creative activities. 

Other terms such as research fraud, scientific misconduct, or research misconduct are subsumed within the term 
scholarly misconduct. Scholarly misconduct does not include honest error or honest differences of opinion. A finding 
of scholarly misconduct requires that there be a significant departure from accepted practices of the scholarly 
community for maintaining the integrity of the research or scholarly record; the misconduct must be committed 
intentionally, or knowingly, or in reckless disregard of accepted practices; and the allegation must be proven by a 
preponderance of relevant evidence. 

The full text of the University of Maryland Procedures for Scholarly Misconduct can be found 
athttp://www.president.umd.edu/policies/docs/lll-1 10A.pdf . 

Sexual Harassment 

The University of Maryland is committed to maintaining a learning and work environment in which students, faculty, 
and staff can develop intellectually, professionally, personally, and socially. Such an environment must be free of 
intimidation, fear, coercion, and reprisal. The University prohibits sexual harassment. Sexual harassment may cause 
others unjustifiable offense, anxiety, and injury. Sexual harassment threatens the legitimate expectations of all 
members of the campus community. Academic progress or progress in employment is determined by the publicly 
stated requirements of classroom and job performance, and the campus environment will not unreasonably impede 
study or work. 

Sexual harassment by university faculty, staff, and students is prohibited and constitutes violation of campus policy. 
Sexual harassment may also constitute violations of the criminal and civil laws of the State of Maryland and the 
United States. For the purpose of campus policy, sexual harassment is defined as follows: 1) unwelcome sexual 
advances; or 2) unwelcome requests for sexual favors; and 3) other behavior of a sexual nature where: 

■ Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's 
employment or participation in a university-sponsored educational program or activity; or 

■ Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for academic or employment 
decisions affecting that individual; or 

■ Such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the individual's academic or work 
performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or working environment. 

The full text of the University of Maryland Policy and Procedures on Sexual Harassment can be found at . 

Statement on Sexual Relationships and Professional Conduct 

While sexual relationships between instructors and the students in their classes are not prohibited in the sense that 
penalties are attached to such conduct, all members of the campus community are urged to consider the ethical 
concerns that may arise as a result of such relationships. 

All members of the campus community should understand that sexual relationships that occur in the context of 
educational evaluation are generally deemed very unwise because they present serious ethical concerns. Many 
professional codes of conduct prohibit sexual relationships that occur within the context of one's profession. 

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Accordingly, faculty, supervisors, and Teaching Assistants are warned about the possible costs of even an apparently 
consenting relationship. The element of power implicit in sexual relationships occurring in the academic-evaluation 
context can diminish a student's actual freedom of choice. There is doubt whether any such relationship can truly be 
consensual. In addition, sexual relationships between a faculty member or Teaching Assistant and a student create 
an environment charged with potential conflicts of interest. Questions of favoritism frequently arise. As a result, such 
conduct may subvert the normal structure of incentives that spur work and learning and interjects attitudes and 
pressures that are not consonant with the education policies and principles to which the campus is committed. 

The full text of the University's Statement on Sexual Relationships and Professional Conduct can be found at the end 
of the University of Maryland Policy and Procedures on Sexual Harassment 
at http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi1 20a.html 



VII. Grievance Procedure 

The University is an academic and collegial community. Regular and clear communication between Graduate 
Assistants and their advisors and supervisors is essential to maintaining an effective educational environment. GAs 
who believe their workload is not in conformity with these Policies for Graduate Assistantships may seek a review in 
accordance with this Section. 

In addition to workload, a GA may also seek review under this Section of whether the GA is receiving Overload 
Payments, Tuition Remission, and Time Away from Duties in accordance with these Policies. 

For the purpose of this Section, "workload" shall mean the greater of (a) the average number of hours assigned to 
the GA throughout the term of an appointment (e.g., 20 hours per week), or (b) the average number of hours 
throughout the term reasonably required for an experienced GA in the GA's department to complete the GA's 
assigned work. 

In all instances noted above, the GA should attempt to resolve these matters locally, collegially, and informally. If the 
difficulty has not been resolved to the GA's satisfaction through informal means, then he or she may elect to file a 
formal grievance. 

Informal Consultation 

The Graduate Assistant should first attempt to resolve the difficulty by discussing the situation with his or her faculty 
advisor/supervisor as expeditiously as possible. 1 1n the case of a TA, this usually would be the professor in charge of 
the course; in the case of an RA, the director of the research project on which the student is working; in the case of 
an AA, the immediate supervisor of the student in the unit in which the student is working. 

The GA should provide the reasons for complaint and a suggested resolution/remedy. 

If a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the GA should next discuss the situation with the Chair of the Department.2 

Either before or after such discussions, the GA may wish to seek advice from another academic advisor, the Director 
of Graduate Studies of the GA's program, an associate dean of the Graduate School, or the Ombuds Officer for 
Graduate Students. The GA is strongly encouraged to consult with the Ombuds Officer early in the informal 
discussion process, and must consult with the Ombuds Officer before initiating a formal grievance. 

Ombuds Officer for Graduate Students 

The Ombuds Officer is available to all graduate students with questions or concerns related to their graduate 
experience, including their roles as GAs. The Ombuds Officer provides informal assistance in resolving conflicts and 
works to promote fair and equitable treatment within the University. The Ombuds Officer works confidentially within 
the scope of the law. The purpose of the Ombuds Officer is to ensure that the graduate student's voice is heard and 
that problems receive prompt and impartial attention. The Ombuds Officer does not advocate for an individual; 
rather, the Ombuds Officer advocates for a fair process that promotes the University's commitment to excellence in 

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graduate education and in the graduate student experience. Queries may be directed to Ombuds Officer for 
Graduate Students, The Graduate School, 2103 Lee Building, phone (301) 405-3132. 

Formal Grievance 

Most problems related to assistantships are resolved through informal consultation. If a problem pertaining to 
Workload, Overload Payment, Tuition Remission, or Time Away for Duties has not been solved informally to the GA's 
satisfaction, he or she may initiate a formal grievance. The formal procedures outlined below are intended to provide 
a mechanism through which grievances related to assistantships can be formally made and decided. 

The Grievance Procedure . The process of formal consideration offers the GA a review by the Dean of the Graduate 
School or by a panel appointed to make a recommendation to the Dean of the Graduate School. The steps are as 
follows: 

If a satisfactory resolution has not been achieved following informal consideration by the Chair of the Department, the 
GA may initiate a formal grievance by sending a letter to the Dean of the Graduate School. To be considered, it must 
be received by the Graduate Dean within 30 calendar days from the action involved or from the GA having 
reasonable knowledge of it. Under exceptional circumstances, that deadline may be extended at the discretion of the 
Graduate Dean. 

A. The letter must be signed and: 

1 . Contain a clear description of the facts giving rise to the grievance; and, 

2. Identify the provision(s) of these Policies for Graduate Assistantships which have been violated; and, 

3. Set forth the desired remedy; and, 

4. Be copied to the faculty member and the Chair of the Department. 

5. Elect to have the Graduate Dean decide the grievance either: 

(a) In the manner described in Paragraph B.3., below; or, 

(b) Following receipt of a recommendation from a three-person panel appointed by the Graduate Dean to consider 
the matter. 

B. Upon receipt of a letter of formal grievance, the Graduate Dean will: 

1 .Share the letter with the Dean of the appropriate college or school3; and, 

2. Solicit a written response from the Department Chair. 

3. Offer to meet with the GA and the faculty member, either individually or together, before reaching a decision. The 
Graduate Dean shall consult with the Academic Dean and such other persons as the Graduate Dean believes may 
be knowledgeable about the policies and practices involved. The Graduate Dean shall endeavor to convey a written 
decision and, where appropriate, the remedy, to the GA and the faculty member within 1 5 calendar days of receipt of 
the letter of grievance. 

4. If the GA elects to have a panel, the Graduate Dean will appoint two graduate faculty (one of whom shall chair the 
panel) and one graduate student, each familiar with the GA's discipline but not from the GA's program or department, 
to review the matter and make a recommendation. The Graduate Dean will provide the panel with the letter of formal 
grievance and the written response of the Department Chair. The panel shall offer to meet with the GA and the faculty 
member and proceed in the manner described in Paragraph B.3, above. 



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The Panel shall provide the Graduate Dean a written report containing a statement of the issues, the panel's findings 
of fact, the controlling policy provisions, the panel's conclusions regarding the merits of the grievance, and a 
recommended disposition of the grievance, including any suggested remedy. 

The Graduate Dean shall decide the grievance and fashion any necessary remedy, giving substantial weight to the 
findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the panel. 

5. The decision of the Graduate Dean regarding the merits of a grievance and, where appropriate, the remedy, shall 
be final. 

General Principles Controlling Formal Grievance Procedures . These Section VII procedures are not intended to 
mimic a courtroom and be adversarial in nature. Rather, they are formal in the meaning of offering a structured 
method to investigate, weigh and remedy differences. They are designed to preserve collegiality and minimize injury 
to the student-faculty relationship. Because grievances, if not made known or not considered expeditiously, threaten 
the learning experience, GAs, faculty, and administrators share responsibility alike to deal with them promptly. 
Experience has shown that the following rules promote the orderly and efficient disposition of grievances. 
Accordingly, they shall be observed: 

A. There is a burden of proof. The GA has the responsibility of convincing the Graduate Dean or panel of three 
things: a) that the Policies of Graduate Assistantships has not been followed; b) that the GA has been adversely 
affected; and c) and that the requested remedy is appropriate. 

B. All matters to be considered in support or defense of a grievance should be made known as early in the informal 
process as possible. Absent extenuating circumstances, matters not raised in the informal process should not be 
considered in the formal process. In both the informal and formal process, it is the responsibility of the GA and faculty 
member, respectively, to produce in a timely way the evidence they each wish considered, including any documents 
and witnesses. 

C. The Grievance Procedure is not a trial. Formal rules of evidence commonly associated with criminal and civil trials 
may be counterproductive in an academic investigatory process and shall not be applied. The Dean, Graduate Dean, 
and three-member panel shall give effect to the rules of confidentiality and privilege, but shall otherwise accept for 
consideration all matters which reasonable persons would accept as having probative value in the conduct of their 
affairs, giving it such weight as they consider proper. Unduly repetitive, irrelevant, or personally abusive material, 
however, should be excluded. They may also consider matters within the common knowledge and experience of 
University faculty, including published policies of the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland. 

D. The GA may be assisted at any meeting by an advisor, who must be a registered, degree-seeking graduate 
student at the University. Although the GA is expected to take an active role in all meetings, the advisor may help with 
the presentation of arguments and evidence. 

E. The University has in place other grievance procedures and administrative processes designed to address specific 
types of claims. 4 These are meant to be the exclusive avenue for review and redress. Grievances that by their 
subject matter may be considered under other established institutional procedures must be brought under those 
procedures and may not be considered under this these Section VII formal procedures. Matters pertaining to the 
general level of wages, wage patterns, fringe benefits, or to other broad areas of financial management and staffing 
are not ghevable. Matters expressly excluded from consideration under other procedures may not be grieved under 
these Section VII formal procedures. These procedures also may not be used to challenge faculty judgment about a 
GA's academic performance (including, for example, test scores, grades, waivers, dissertation defenses and other 
indicia of mastery of subject matter and taught skills). 

F. The filing of a grievance does not relieve the GA of the obligation to perform all duties as assigned unless and until 
otherwise decided pursuant to a decision under these procedures. All remedies will operate 

prospectively. 5 Financial awards (e.g., "back pay," "damages," "compensation," and "raises") may not be awarded. 
The acceptance of a proposed remedy by the GA shall terminate the grievance process. The matter may not then be 
further considered or additional remedies sought under other campus procedures. 

G. A decision may not be made at any step that conflicts with or modifies a policy, regulation, or grant of authority 
approved by the Board of Regents, the Chancellor, the President, the Provost, or the University Senate or with any 
applicable Federal or State of Maryland law. 

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H. Only currently enrolled University of Maryland graduate students may initiate a formal grievance. The grievance 
must pertain to the GA's personal services, not those of another GA. Group grievances are not permitted, although 
similar grievances may be consolidated and processed together as a single issue. As a general matter, where a 
number of individual grievances have been reduced into a single grievance, not more than three GAs selected by the 
group may be excused from their duties to attend. 

I. Because it is critical to address potentially corrosive grievances sooner than later, and because the remedies 
available are prospective, the time requirement established for initiating a formal grievance is necessary to the 
effective administration of the graduate program. Unless otherwise agreed in advance among the GA, the faculty 
member, and the Graduate Dean, strict adherence to them is a condition of review and appeal under these Section 
VII procedures. Time requirements are measured from the first occurrence of an event; "continuing" wrongs are not 
recognized for the purpose of satisfying time requirements. 

J. The Graduate Dean may delegate such parts of his responsibilities as he deems reasonable and efficient, provided 
the final decision and any remedy must be reviewed and approved by the Dean personally. 



1 In this Section VII, the term "faculty member" designates the individual directing and supervising the 

GA. Depending on the circumstances of the GA's appointment, this person may, in fact, be a University staff 
employee, and not on the faculty. It is the design of these procedures that the GA first raise the matter of concern 
with the individual whose direction or decision has given rise to complaint. 

2 In this Section VII, the term "Chair of the Department" shall also mean, as appropriate to the GA's appointment, the 
Program Director or the unit head in non-departmental colleges and schools and in administrative departments. 

3 For the purpose of this Section VII, "Dean of the appropriate college or school" or "Dean of the unit" means the 
academic dean of the unit where the assistantship is located. For assistantships in non-academic units, "Dean" shall 
mean the Vice President of the division. 

4 These include, for example, the Code of Academic Integrity, the Policy on Arbitrary and Capricious Grading, 

the Code of Student Conduct, the Procedures for Scholarly Misconduct, the Human Relations Code, the Policy and 
Procedures on Sexual Harassment, the Policy on Student Classification for Admission and Tuition Purposes, 
the University of Maryland Policy on Intellectual Property and the Policy on Acceptable Use of Information 
Technology Resources. 

5 The resolution of a "workload" grievance, for example, may entail a reduction in work hours, future overload pay 
when approved and budgeted, time management training, and referral to the Center for Teaching Excellence. 

(December 2008) 



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Chapter 7: Financial Policies: Fellowships and Scholarships 

Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships 

Graduate fellowships are merit-based awards that enable the recipient to focus on graduate study, that do not have to 
be repaid, and that generally include both a stipend and tuition remission. Fellowships differ from Graduate 
Assistantships, which carry an obligation to teach classes, to work on a research project, or to perform administrative 
tasks. 

Fellowship offers generally are made by graduate programs to incoming students as part of a recruitment package; 
some are made to current students through competitive awards processes. Applicants to graduate programs and 
current students should contact the relevant program for more information on available fellowships. 

The University of Maryland is committed to diversity and encourages programs to offer support to a diverse range of 
students consistent with campus principles of equal opportunity. 

Recruitment and retention fellowships are funded either internally, through the Graduate School's University and 
Dean's Fellowships to colleges, or externally, through a variety of outside funding agencies. In addition, the Graduate 
School has instituted three major fellowships competitions: 

Flagship Fellowships are intended to help graduate programs to recruit and retain truly exceptional students. Flagship 
Fellowships are multi-year enhancement awards to be added to fellowship/assistantship offers made by graduate 
programs. Flagship Fellowship enhancements may total $40,000 per student over the duration of the award. The goal 
is to award ten Flagship Fellowships per year, reaching a steady state of approximately forty Flagship Fellows. 

Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships provide support to outstanding doctoral students at "mid-career," 
that is, in the period approximately before, during, or after achievement of candidacy, and are intended to enable 
students to prepare for or complete a key benchmark in their program's requirements. Summer Research Fellowships 
carry stipends of $5,000. 

Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships are one-semester awards intended to support outstanding doctoral students 
who are in the final stages of writing their dissertation and whose primary source of support is unrelated to their 
dissertation. Wylie Dissertation Fellowships carry a stipend of $1 0,000 plus candidacy tuition remission and $800 
toward the cost of health insurance. The Graduate School awards approximately 40 Wylie Dissertation Fellowships 
per year. 

In addition, the Graduate School administers competitions for four endowed awards: The Mabel S. Spencer Award for 
Excellence in Graduate Education, The James W. Longest Memorial Award for Social Science Research, The 
Michael J. Pelczar Award for Excellence in Graduate Study, and The Phi Delta Gamma Graduate Fellowship. 

Finally, the Graduate School administers the Jacob K. Goldhaber Travel Grants and the International Conference 
Student Support Award, which both provide funding for graduate students presenting academic work at conferences 
and professional meetings. 

Status 

Fellowships and scholarships are offered only to graduate students admitted to or enrolled in graduate degree 
programs at the University of Maryland. Fellows and scholars are expected to devote themselves full time to graduate 
study and to register full time as defined by the unit system. Students on fellowships and assistantships must be 
registered for 48 units. Audited courses do not generate units and cannot be used to determine full-time status. 
Fellows who also hold half-time assistantships need only register for 36 units to maintain full-time status. 

Doctoral Candidates are automatically registered for Candidacy Tuition (899) each semester. This will satisfy the unit 
requirement for full-time status. 

Qualifications 

Students whose records indicate superior academic achievement and promise and who will increase diversity in their 
graduate program may be nominated for fellowships and scholarships. The determination of academic merit is based 

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on undergraduate and graduate Grade Point Averages (GPA); scores on such national tests as the Graduate Record 
Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT); the 
judgment of academic professionals in letters of recommendation; the nominee's Statement of Goals and Research 
Interests; and the nominee's Statement of Experiences. Individual departments and graduate programs administer 
fellowships and scholarships funded by the Graduate School, designated departmental funds, or external sources 
such as government agencies and private foundations. 

Funding for Fellowships 

External Graduate Fellowships are fellowships sponsored and funded by organizations outside the university. 
Corporations, charitable foundations, and numerous other groups fund graduate fellowships. 

Private and Non-University Sponsored Fellowships. UMCP has several government and privately funded fellowships 
that are handled through the graduate programs and colleges. Some of these fellowships are won independently by 
students in national competitions; others are awarded directly to the colleges or programs, which then select student 
recipients. Students submitting applications for admission to graduate programs will be considered for such awards 
as appropriate; no additional application forms are required. Our graduate students are supported on fellowships from 
the Department of Defense, Ford Foundation, National Science Foundation, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship 
Foundation, to name just a few. In addition, several graduate programs sponsor fellowship programs jointly with 
federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, NASA, and the National Institute of Standards in 
Technology. 

Matching Tuition Scholarships for External Fellowships. These scholarships are awarded, subject to the availability of 
funding, to students who have received external fellowships that provide a stipend, but do not provide separate funds 
to cover the cost of tuition. The Graduate School policy on External Fellowship Tuition Remission is listed here. 

If the external fellowship also provides an institutional allowance, this allowance will be used to pay the fellow's 
tuition. If the tuition cost is in excess of the institutional allowance amount, the University will pay the excess tuition 
amount. If the tuition is less than the amount of the institutional allowance and, if the policy of the institution that 
awards the external fellowship permits, any institutional allowance funds remaining after tuition has been paid will be 
given to the fellow as a supplement to his/her stipend. 

Offer Letters 

A formal offer letter specifying the award of a Graduate School fellowship is sent to the student from the Dean of 
the Graduate School in the spring semester. This letter specifies the stipend level, the duration of the commitment, 
the amount of tuition remitted, and the details of the fellowship or scholarship. 

Duties 

No service of any kind, either during the tenure of a scholarship or fellowship or in the future, is to be required of a 
fellow or scholar by their mentor or their graduate program. Fellows and scholars will carry out independent research 
under the supervision and guidance of-and sometimes in collaboration with-their mentors. Typically, at the start of 
their tenure as fellows or scholars, inexperienced students will require more supervision and guidance. Eventually, 
however, fellows in particular, should be treated as junior research associates. Under no circumstances are they to 
be assigned routine technical or administrative duties or given teaching assignments during the years in which they 
are supported by fellowships or scholarships. 

Supplementation of Support 

Students are generally not allowed to hold two full fellowships ($15,000 or higher each) concurrently. Please contact 
the graduate school if this situation occurs. 

Departmental fellowships or other special funds may provide additional support. A fellowship or scholarship may be 
supplemented by an appointment to a position such as a half-time assistantship or by hourly employment not to 
exceed 10 hours per week. International fellows should consult the Office of International Education Services by 
phone at 301-314-7740, regarding supplementary employment. 



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Gifts, departmental fellowships, or other special funds may provide additional support, in an amount not to exceed 
half the stipend of the fellowship or scholarship. A fellowship or scholarship may be supplemented by an appointment 
to a position such as a half-time or quarter-time graduate assistantship, or by hourly employment not to exceed 10 
hours per week. International fellows should consult the Office of International Education Services by phone at 301 - 
314-7740, regarding supplementary employment. 

Additional On-Campus and Outside Employment 

According to university policy, full time fellows and scholars may work on-campus or off-campus for a maximum of 10 
hours per week in addition to holding the fellowship or scholarship. In other words, fellows may be hired on a half- 
assistantship (which requires 1 hours per week) or work 1 hours per week on an hourly basis. This restriction on 
employment is intended to assure that students make rapid progress toward their degrees. 

Additional On-Campus and Outside Employment 

According to university policy, full time fellows and scholars may work on-campus or off-campus for a maximum of 10 
hours per week in addition to holding the fellowship or scholarship. In other words, fellows may be hired on a half- 
assistantship (which requires 1 hours per week) or work 1 hours per week on an hourly basis. This restriction on 
employment is intended to assure that students make rapid progress toward their degrees. International fellows 
should consult the Office of International Education Services by phone at 301-314-7740, regarding supplementary 
employment. 

Deferral or Duplication of Support 

Students are not allowed to hold two full fellowships or scholarships, either internal or external awards, or a 
combination of both, simultaneously. Fellows or scholars who receive offers of external fellowships, such as National 
Science Foundation , Ford Foundation Fellowships , or any other private or university-administered fellowships may 
defer their Graduate School fellowship or scholarship offer until such time as their other fellowship expires. Assuming 
satisfactory academic progress at that time, the student may again resume the Graduate School fellowship or 
scholarship. 



Overload Payments for Graduate Fellows 

If a circumstance arises that a fellow must work over the 1 hours per week, an overload form is necessary. This 
includes the winter term. Overload requests should be for temporary, short-term arrangements only. The request 
must be limited to one semester per request and must be received and approved by the Graduate School prior to the 
beginning of the appointment. 

Stipends 

Fellowships are awarded for the academic year only. Stipend disbursements for US citizens and Permanent 
Residents may be given in lump sums at the start of each semester or spread out monthly. This disbursement is 
processed through the student award system. For international students, those on a J1 or F1 visas, the disbursement 
must be processed through payroll. Fellows must receive stipends within the ranges below in order to qualify for 
associated benefits. Step I is for students in their first year of support who have no advanced degrees; Step II, for 
students in a second year of support at UMCP or for students in their first year of support who possess a master's 
degree; and Step III, for students who have been advanced to candidacy for the doctoral degree. 

Tuition Remission and Mandatory Fees 

The Graduate School provides tuition remission and health insurance subsidies to graduate fellowship recipients who 
are paid from University and Dean's Fellowship funds, or from external fellowship funds meeting the criteria specified 
below. Tuition remission and health insurance subsidies are subject to continued availability of resources. Tuition 
remission will be provided only for credits that are degree applicable. 



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CREDITS 






24 


12 


12 


10 


5 


5 












I. GRADUATE FELLOWS HOLDING UNIVERSITY OR DEAN'S FELLOWSHIPS (entered through the Student 
Award System found on www.ares.umd.edu) 

A. A University Fellow may be eligible for up to 1 2 credits of fellowship tuition remission per semester (Spring and 
Fall only). A University Fellowship (UF) must supplement a standard support package (assistantship, external 
fellowship, Dean's Fellowship, and/or other internal fellowship). Tuition remission credits deriving from that support 
package will be applied first and augmented by fellowship tuition remission up to the maximum remission indicated 
below: 

UF FUNDING TOTAL 

PER YEAR ANNUAL CREDITS 

University Fellowship (paid in lyr) $20,000 Maximum fellowship credits: 24 12 12 

University Fellowship (paid over 2 yrs) $10,000 Maximum fellowship credits: 10 5 5 

University Fellowship (paid over 4 yrs) $5,000 Maximum fellowship credits: 

B. A Dean's Fellow maybe eligible for up to 12 credits of fellowship tuition remission per semester (Spring 
and Fall only). A Dean's Fellowship (DF) may be combined with a University Fellowship, additional Dean's 
Fellowships, and/or other funding (assistantship, external fellowship, and/or other internal fellowship) to 
create the support package. Tuition remission credits deriving from other funding will be applied first. Tuition 
remission credits for Dean's Fellowships will be provided up to the maximum remission indicated below: 

TYpF DF FUNDING TOTAL 

PER YEAR 

Three Dean's Fellowships >$ 15,000 Maximum fellowship credits: 

Two Dean's Fellowships >$10,000 Maximum fellowship credits: 

One Dean's Fellowship $5,000 Maximum fellowship credits: 

II. GRADUATE FELLOWS HOLDING PRESTIGIOUS EXTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS 

(use the Request for Tuition Remission for External Fellowships and Scholarships form 

at http://www.gradschool.umd.edu, select Current Students-General Forms for Graduate Students) 

Graduate students holding prestigious external fellowships may be eligible for fellowship tuition 
remission. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or contractual agreement must be filed with the 
Graduate School. Unless otherwise specified in the MOU or contract, fellowship tuition remission credits up 
to 1 credits will be awarded as follows: 

■ A prestigious external fellowship carrying an annual stipend of at least $15,000 may be 
awarded up to 10 credits of tuition remission per semester. 

■ A prestigious external fellowship carrying an annual stipend of at least $7,500 may be 
awarded up to 5 credits of tuition remission per semester. 

■ A prestigious external fellowship carrying an annual stipend of less than $7,500 is not 
eligible for tuition remission 

III. GRADUATE FELLOWS ON FEDERAL TRAINING GRANTS 

(use the Training Grant Fellowship Matching Tuition Remission Request form at http://www.gradschool.umd.edu, 
select Current Students-General Forms for Graduate Students) 

Federal Training Grants covering only partial tuition for fellows may be eligible for an institutional match of fellowship 
tuition remission. Upon written agreement with the Graduate School, tuition remission may be awarded to Training 
Grants on a 60% (grant) / 40% (GS) matching basis. 

IV. GRADUATE FELLOWS HOLDING INTERNAL FELLOWSHIPS OTHER THAN UNIVERSITY OR DEAN'S 
FELLOWSHIPS 

Fellowship tuition remission is not awarded to fellowships funded from department or college sources; state monies 
from any source, including DRIF, UM, and UMCP Foundations, unless formal agreements have been made with the 



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Graduate School. Tuition for these fellowships should be charged to the account to which the stipend is being 
charged. 

V. TUITION REMISSION FOR SUMMER SESSIONS AND WINTERTERM 

Fellowship tuition remission is not awarded for Summer Sessions or Winterterm. 

VI. TUITION REMISSION FOR PROGRAMS WITH NON-STANDARD TUITION 

Fellows enrolled in graduate programs with non-standard tuition rates (whether by course or by flat-fee pricing) will be 
responsible for tuition costs above the standard rate covered by fellowship tuition remission. 

VII. OTHER 

The Graduate School's Wylie Dissertation Fellowships, Spencer Award, and Longest Award are eligible for fellowship 
tuition remission. Flagship Fellowships and Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowships do not earn fellowship 
tuition remission. See http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/prospective_students/gs_fellowships.html. 



Residency Classification 

The official residency classification of students holding fellowships, assistantships, and scholarships does not change 
as result of their awards, but remain resident or non-resident as indicated in the original admissions offer. Fellows 
and scholars who also hold a half-time graduate assistantship will be billed in-state tuition as a benefit of their status 
only while they hold that assistantship. When/if the graduate student is no longer supported by the assistantship- 
including summer months if the student is on a 9.5-month assistantship-he or she will be billed according to their 
official residency status determined at the time of their admission. 

Students are expected to be aware of their official residency classification status, how their assistantship, scholarship, 
or fellowship may affect their billing for each semester, and to address any problems immediately to avoid incurring 
unexpected tuition charges. 

Questions about residency classification and changing status for those who intend to become residents of the State 
of Maryland for tuition and billing purposes under the University System of Maryland Board of Regents policy should 
be addressed to: 

Residency Classification Office 
Room 1130 Mitchell Building 
Phone 301-314-9596 
Web: http://www.testudo.umd.edu/rco 
Email: resclass@umd.edu 



Tax Status 

Fellows and scholars must pay tax on the stipends they receive to cover living and general expenses, but may deduct 
certain educational expenses. Amounts awarded in payment of tuition are not taxable for fellows. Taxes are not 
withheld from stipends disbursed through student financial aid so you may choose to file an estimated tax payment. 
Please refer to the Internal Revenue Service Ta x Publication 970, Benefits for Education , for more information 
regarding the tax status of fellowship and scholarship stipends or call 1 -800-829-1 040. 

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Graduate fellows supported by University Fellowships, Dean's Fellowships, or prestigious external 

fellowships are eligible to receive a reimbursement of one-half of the annual United Health Care (UHC) insurance 
premium for individual coverage. 

The UHC plan must be purchased priorto submitting a request for reimbursement to the Graduate School. The 

Health Insurance Reimbursement Request Form can be found 

athttp://www.gradschool. umd.edu/images/uploads/Health%20lnsurance%20Form%20Fillable.pdf. 

University or Dean's Fellows must provide a Health Insurance Reimbursement Request Form, proof of payment, 
and copy of insurance card. Holders of prestigious external fellowships must present, in addition, a copy of the 
fellowship MOU or contract. 

Wylie Dissertation Fellows are entitled to a sum of $800.00 in addition to their stipend for the cost of the health 
insurance premium for one semester of coverage. The sum is automatic and need not be requested. 

The following graduate fellows are not eligible for this subsidy: fellows holding internal fellowships other than 
University or Dean's Fellowships; fellows holding half or full-time assistantships entitling them to employee health 
insurance benefits; and fellows who are part-time students. 

For information on the United Health Care plan, please visit the University Health Center website 
athttp://www.health. umd.edu/about/insuranceandfees. United Health Care offers online enrollment 
athttp://www.fi rststudent.com/. 



Vacation and Sick Leave 

There is no policy on vacation and sick leave for fellows or scholars. Fellows and scholars are required to maintain 
satisfactory academic performance in order to retain their support. A fellow or scholar may request deferment of a 
semester or year of fellowship tenure if documented personal illness prevents him or her from satisfactorily 
completing academic requirements. 



Facilities 

Fellows are fully integrated into departmental activities and are to be provided with the same facilities as other 
graduate students, such as mailboxes, office space, access to a telephone and computer, and email and internet 
access. 



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Chapter 8: Academic Policies: General Policies and The Academic 
Record 

Developing a Program 

The student is responsible for ascertaining and complying with the policies and procedures of the Graduate School 
and all applicable graduate program requirements that govern the individual program of study. Registration for the 
newly admitted graduate student seeking a certificate or degree begins with a visit to the student's academic advisor 
in the graduate program to which the student has been admitted. There the student will obtain information about 
specific certificate or degree requirements for satisfactory progress that supplement those of the Graduate School . 
The student should consult the Schedule of Classes, and should develop an individual program of study and research 
in consultation with his or her graduate advisor. Students admitted as Advanced Special Students may seek advice 
from the Graduate School, Graduate Directors, or from appropriate faculty members. Petitions for waivers of 
regulations of graduate degree requirements or for appeals of decisions of graduate program faculty or administrators 
should be directed to the Dean of the Graduate School, 2125 Lee Building. 

Academic Integrity 



The University is an intellectual community. Its fundamental purpose is the creation and dissemination of knowledge. 
Like all other communities, the University can function properly only if its members adhere to clearly established 
goals and values. Essential to the fundamental purpose of the University is the commitment to the principles of truth 
and academic honesty. The Code of Academic Integrity is designed to ensure that the principle of academic honesty 
is upheld. While all members of the University community share this responsibility, The Code of Academic Integrity is 
designed so that special responsibility for upholding the principle of academic honesty lies with students. 

Honor Pledge 

On every examination, paper or other academic exercise not specifically exempted by the instructor, the student will 
write by hand and sign the following pledge: 

I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this examination. 

Failure to sign the pledge is not an honors offense, but neither is it a defense in case of violation of this Code. 
Students who do not sign the pledge will be given the opportunity to do so. Refusal to sign must be explained to the 
instructor. Signing or non-signing of the pledge will not be considered in grading or judicial procedures. Material 
submitted electronically should contain the pledge; submission implies signing the pledge. 

On examinations, no assistance is authorized unless given by or expressly allowed by the instructor. On other 
assignments, the pledge means that the assignment has been done without academic dishonesty, as defined in the 
Code of Academic Integrity, available at httpV/www.studenthonorcouncil. umd.edu/code. html . 

The pledge is a reminder that at the University of Maryland students carry primary responsibility for academic integrity 
because the meaningfulness of their degrees depends on it. Faculty are urged to emphasize the importance of 
academic honesty and of the pledge as its symbol. 

Penalties for Violations of Academic Integrity 

Students who are found to have falsified, fabricated, or plagiarized in any context, such as course work, laboratory 
research, archival research, or thesis / dissertation writing-will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. The 
Office of Student Conduct has some discretion in determining penalties for violations of the University's standards of 
academic integrity, but the normal sanction for a graduate student found responsible for a violation of academic 
integrity will be dismissal (suspension or expulsion) from the University . 



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To review the whole policy on academic integrity, see the University of Maryland Code of Academic Integrity 
at http://www.studenthonorcouncil. umd.edu or http://www.osc.umd.edu . The Code was amended on May 5, 2005. 

Academic Record (Transcript) 

A graduate student's academic record (transcript) is intended to serve as a complete history of the student's 
academic progress at the University of Maryland. Under no circumstances will academic records be altered because 
of dissatisfaction with a grade or other academic accomplishment. 

Grade Point Average Computation 

The A+ and A is calculated at 4 quality points, A- at 3.7 quality points, B+ at 3.3 quality points, B at 3 quality points, fi- 
at 2.7 quality points, C+ at 2.3 quality points, C at 2 quality points, and C- at 1 .7 quality points. The grades of D+, D, 
D-, F, and I receive no quality points. Students do not earn credit toward the degree for courses in which they receive 
a grade of D+, D, D-, or F. For graduate students, all courses taken that are numbered 400 and above (except 500- 
level courses, those numbered 799, 898, or 899, and those graded with an S) will be used in the calculation of the 
grade point average. A student may repeat a course in an effort to earn a better grade. Whether higher or lower, the 
most recent grade will be used in computing the grade point average. Grades for graduate students remain as part of 
the student's permanent record. Changes in previously recorded grades may be made if timely (within one semester) 
and if the original instructor certifies that an actual mistake was made in determining or recording the grade. The 
change must be approved by the department chair and the Dean of the Graduate School . Graduate credit 
transferred from another institution will not be included in the calculation of the grade point average. 

Criteria for Courses to be Accepted for Graduate Credit 

Any courses, workshops or seminars that take place in a span of time less than a normal academic semester or 
summer session and offering graduate credit to the participants must meet the following criteria: 

■ There must be 1 5 "contact hours" per graduate credit. 

• Lectures: 50 minutes of lecture are equivalent to 1 contact hour. 

• Non-lecture contact (laboratories, workshops, discussion and problem-working sessions, etc.): One 
two-hour or three-hour session is equivalent to one contact hour. 

■ No more than three "contact hours" per day will be permitted. (Three "contact hours" are equivalent to 0.2 
credits). 

■ Credit may be accumulated at the rate of no more than one credit per week. 

■ Courses numbered at the 1 00-, 200-, 300, and 500-level are ineligible for graduate credit. 400 level classes 
are eligible for graduate credit provided they were not used in fulfillment of an undergraduate degree 
requirement. 

Credit by Examination 

Credit by examination will be awarded upon successful completion of a formal examination (typically written) at a 
normal standard for examinations within the department/program. The examination must be approved by a committee 
composed of the examiner plus two Full Members of the Graduate Faculty. A copy of the examination, the student's 
answers, and the names of the examiner and the approving faculty member must be placed in the student's file in the 
department/program. 

Normally, credit by examination is not available for 600 level and higher courses. The maximum number of credits by 
examination that can be applied to a master's degree is 1 2 for a non-thesis master's degree and six for the thesis 
option. The graduate program in which the student is enrolled may establish a limit on the number of credits that may 
be earned in this manner. Information on fees for Credit by Examination is available from the Registrar. 

Incomplete Grades 

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An incomplete is a mark that an instructor may award to a student whose work in a course has been qualitatively 
satisfactory, but who is unable to complete some portion of the work required because of illness or other 
circumstance beyond the student's control . In awarding the mark of "I" for graduate courses other than 799 and 899, 
instructors must fill out an "Incomplete Contract for Graduate Students." The contract will specify the work remaining 
to be completed. It must be signed by the instructor and the student and maintained by the department offering the 
course. The student is responsible for providing a copy of the contract to the director of graduate studies in his or her 
program. 

The mark of incomplete in 500-, 600-, 700-, and 800-level courses will not automatically roll-over to letter grades. 
Normally, students are expected to complete courses in which they have received an "I" by a date no more than 
twelve months from the beginning of the semester in which the course was taken. The mark of incomplete in 400- 
level courses will be governed by the rules for awarding incompletes to undergraduate students, including the 
provision of automatically converting an "I" to a letter grade. 

Advisors should stay current with their students in urging completion of incomplete grades, and programs should 
review the status of incompletes in their annual reviews of students' progress toward their degrees. Students will 
remain in good standing despite marks of incomplete if the courses are not required for their degrees. For courses 
required for graduation, students will be considered to be making satisfactory progress only if they fulfill the conditions 
of any outstanding incomplete contracts in a timely manner. An "I" can remain in place on a student's transcript for a 
maximum of one year. 

Departments and programs may specify the maximum number of incomplete credits students may carry, exclusive of 
credits in 799 and 899. 

Transfer of Credit 

All graduate study credits offered as transfer credit must meet the following criteria: 

■ No more than six credit hours of graduate work may be transferred from another institution, unless the 
program has special approval by the Graduate Council. When changing programs within the University of 
Maryland, the student may request inclusion of credits earned at the University of Maryland. When moving 
from non-degree to degree-seeking status, Advanced Special Students may transfer up to twelve (12) 
graduate credits to the degree program, subject to the approval of the Graduate Program. 

■ The advisor and Graduate Director will need to certify that transfer courses are applicable to the student's 
program and, for non-University of Maryland courses, that the courses have been revalidated. 

■ Credit must have been granted by a regionally accredited U.S. institution or foreign university. If the latter, 
evaluation by the staff of the International Education Services and the Graduate School is required. 

■ The courses must be graduate level and have been taken for graduate credit at the original institution. 

■ The student must have earned a grade of "B-" or better in the course. 

■ The credit must not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree. 

■ The student must furnish an official transcript to the Graduate School. 

■ Transfer work satisfies only the 400-level requirements for the master's degree and does not apply to the 
upper-level requirements. 

■ The transfer course work must have been taken within seven years of the award of a University of Maryland 
master's degree for which the student is currently enrolled (all other course work must be taken within five 
years of the award of master's degree.) 

A student seeking acceptance of transfer credit is advised to submit the necessary transcripts and certification of 
program approval to the Graduate School as promptly as possible for its review and decision. It should be noted that 
programs may impose more stringent requirements and time limitations concerning the transfer of credits. In such 
cases the Graduate School must be notified accordingly. A form for Transfer or Inclusion of Credit is available online 
on the Graduate School 's webpage: http://www.gradschool. umd.edu/images/uploads/Transfer of Inclusion Form.pdf 

Satisfactory Progress 

The admission of all graduate students is continued at the discretion of the Graduate Director of the program and the 
Dean of the Graduate School, consistent with the policies and practices of the Graduate School and graduate 
program. A student must make satisfactory progress in meeting programmatic requirements, must demonstrate the 

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ability to succeed in his or her course of studies or research, and must attain performance minima specified by the 
graduate program in all or in particular courses; otherwise his or her enrollment will be terminated. Determinations of 
satisfactory progress occur at the graduate program level. Please contact the Graduate Director for conditions for 
satisfactory progress. 

The University of Maryland Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Policy 

The University of Maryland Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Policy provides a period of up to six (6) 
weeks during which new parents may postpone completion of academic requirements. It is intended to provide 
graduate students with an opportunity to integrate the challenges of new parenthood with the demands of graduate- 
level training, scholarship, and research. In addition to providing support to young families, this policy seeks to reduce 
attrition and improve time to degree for students who become parents. 

The Parental Accommodation Policy is not a leave of absence. This policy allows students to maintain status as full- 
time, registered graduate students, and thus be eligible for the rights and privileges of registered students (e.g., 
access to University resources) while adjusting to their new familial obligations. 

During this parental accommodation period, eligible students will continue to be enrolled as fulltime graduate students 
and will continue to pay tuition and fees. Students also will be expected to keep the lines of communication with their 
departments open and demonstrate to their advisors that they are academically engaged and making progress in 
coursework and research, though perhaps at a slower pace. 

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for the benefits of the Parental Accommodation Policy, a new parent must (1 ) 
have been enrolled full-time for at least one full semester in a graduate program at the University, (2) be enrolled full- 
time at the time of application, (3) be in good academic standing, and (4) be making satisfactory progress toward 
degree. Any parent (regardless of gender) is eligible to apply. 

In the event that both parents are eligible, each is individually entitled to a Parental Accommodation period of up to 
six (6) weeks. This Parental Accommodation period may be taken concurrently with or consecutively to the Parental 
Accommodation period taken by the other parent, with or without some overlap. The total combined Parental 
Accommodation period for both parents, however, may not exceed 12 weeks and must conclude 12 weeks following 
the child's birth or adoption. 

ACCOMMODATION: Approval of a student's application for a period of Parental Accommodation allows the student, 
assuming the prior agreement of instructors, advisor, and academic program, to modify deadlines and academic 
expectations to accommodate the student's new parental responsibilities. Students may be able to postpone 
completion of course assignments, examinations, and other academic requirements for a period of up to six (6) 
weeks. Students who will be enrolled in courses during the accommodation period must meet with their instructors to 
develop a written plan as to how they will satisfactorily complete the course(s). These plans must be approved and 
signed by the instructor(s) and submitted as part of the Parental Accommodation Application form. At the end of the 
accommodation period, students are expected to return to graduate study and resume progress toward completion of 
their degree. Deadlines with regard to time to degree, time to candidacy, time to comprehensive or qualifying exams, 
etc. will be extended one semester per childbirth or adoption, upon the request of the student. The total additional 
time granted for the extension of any deadlines as a result of the student's use of the Parental Accommodation 
Policy, however, cannot exceed a maximum period of one (1) year, regardless of the number of births or adoptions, 
or the number of times the student invokes the Parental Accommodation Policy. 

The period of Parental Accommodation begins immediately upon the birth or adoption; must be taken in a 
consecutive block of time; and cannot extend beyond six (6) weeks. The student may not divide the accommodation 
period into separate periods or defer the accommodation period beyond this time limit. In the event of simultaneous 
multiple births or adoptions, the maximum Parental Accommodation period for which a student is eligible with respect 
to that event remains six (6) weeks. 

APPLICATION: At least eight (8) weeks prior to the anticipated birth or adoption, students must submit a written 
application for Parental Accommodation signed by the Faculty Advisor, Director of Graduate Studies, and the Chair of 
their academic department, to the Graduate School. (In unusual or extraordinary circumstances, the Graduate School 
may accept applications with less than eight weeks' notice.) 



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Written plans to complete coursework, signed by the student and the instructor, must be provided for each course in 
which the student will be enrolled during the accommodation period. The discretion to provide an accommodation that 
allows a student to be away from the classroom for six weeks rests with the individual course instructor. Faculty are 
strongly encouraged to work with students to develop an accommodation that permits the student to fulfill academic 
coursework requirements while benefitting from a period of parental accommodation, and that also maintains fairness 
with regard to other students. In some cases such an accommodation may not be feasible. In such cases, faculty 
should provide a written explanation to the department's Director of Graduate Studies as to why the accommodation 
is not possible, and students should adjust their class schedules accordingly. 

The Dean of the Graduate School will review the request and notify the student and the student's academic program 
if the request for a period of Parental Accommodation has been approved. The Graduate School will coordinate with 
academic programs to make appropriate adjustments to the student's deadlines and records. Retroactive requests 
will not be considered. A copy of the application form is attached. 

International students should discuss plans with the Office of International Services as soon as possible in order to 
identify and address proactively any individual or unique visa issues and/or to consider the latest applicable 
regulations. The intent of this policy is to permit all students to maintain their status as full-time, enrolled students 
during this period of accommodation. Medical complications, prior to or following the birth, are not covered by this 
policy. If a student is not able to return at the end of the period of accommodation, s/he should consider applying for a 
Leave of Absence. See the Graduate School's registration policy for more information. 

Good Standing 

In order to maintain good academic standing, every graduate student must maintain a cumulative grade point 
average (GPA) of 3.0 for all courses taken at the University. 

Academic Probation and Dismissal 

A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation by the 
Graduate School . When a student is placed on probation, the Graduate School will notify both the student and the 
Graduate Director of the student's program. Permission of the academic advisor and the Graduate Director will be 
required for a student on probation to register for courses. Probation will be lifted when the student achieves a 
cumulative GPA of 3.0. 

A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will not be placed on probation until s/he completes 
1 2 credits or two semesters, whichever comes first. A student on probation who has completed fewer than 1 5 credits 
must raise the GPA to 3.0 or above by the end of the semester in which the student completes 15 credit hours or be 
dismissed from the Graduate School. A student who has completed 16 or more hours of course work and whose 
cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation and will have one semester in which to raise his or her 
GPA to a 3.0 or be dismissed from the Graduate School. 

Time Limitations for Master's Degrees and Certificates 

With the exception of the six semester hours of graduate level course credits applicable for possible transfer to the 
master's degree and certificate programs, all requirements for the master's degree or graduate certificate must be 
completed within a five-year period. Time taken for an approved Leave of Absence for Childbearing, Adoption, Illness 
or Dependent Care does not count toward this five-year limit. 

Time Limitations for Doctoral Degrees 

Students must complete the entire program for the doctoral degree, including the dissertation and final examination, 
during a four-year period after admission to candidacy, but no later than nine years after admission to the doctoral 
program. Students must be advanced to candidacy within five years of admission to the doctoral program. Under 
certain circumstances, time extensions may be granted by the Graduate School as outlined below. Admission to the 
degree program terminates if the requirements are not completed in the time specified. Time taken for an approved 
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Time Extensions 
Master's Degree and Certificate Students 

A student who has failed to complete all requirements by the prescribed deadlines may petition his or her graduate 
program for a one-year extension of time in which to complete the outstanding requirements. This extension may be 
granted by the graduate program, which must then notify the Graduate School in writing of its decision. The Graduate 
School will confirm this decision in writing to the student. 

A student who has failed to complete all requirements for the degree following the granting of an initial time extension 
by his or her graduate program, and who wishes to pursue the degree, must seek an additional extension by 
petitioning the graduate program. If the graduate program supports the request, the request must be forwarded to the 
Graduate School for review with a letter of support from the Graduate Director that includes a statement that the 
graduate program has approved the request. Departmental approval may be either a vote of the department as a 
whole or of a committee designated to deal with such matters, such as the Graduate Committee. The letter must 
include a time table listing specific goals to be accomplished at various points during the extension period. The letter 
should also include a request for revalidation of courses that will be more than five years old at the time of graduation. 
Typically, this extension will be for a maximum of one year. The Graduate School's decision will be communicated in 
writing to the petitioner and a copy will be sent to the student's graduate program. 

Doctoral Students 

Extensions of time for doctoral students must be requested from the Graduate School by the doctoral program. The 
first request for an extension of the deadline for admission to candidacy or completion of the doctoral dissertation 
requires a letter of support from the Graduate Director. The letter must include a timetable listing specific goals to be 
accomplished at various points during the extension period. Normally, the extension will be for a maximum of one 
year. 

The request for a second extension requires a letter of support from the Graduate Director that includes a statement 
that the graduate program has approved the request. Departmental approval may be either a vote of the department 
as a whole or of a committee designated to deal with such matters, such as the Graduate Committee. The letter must 
include a timetable that lists specific goals to be accomplished at various points during the extension period. Typically 
this extension will be for a maximum of one year. 

Requests for a third extension will be honored only in rare instances when serious and unforeseen circumstances 
that are not covered under the Leave of Absence for Childbearing, Adoption, Illness or Dependent Care policy have 
interfered with the student's normal progress toward the degree. The request for a third extension requires a letter of 
support from the Graduate Director that includes a statement that the program has approved the request. The letter 
must include a timetable listing specific goals to be accomplished at various times during the extension period. 
Typically, this extension will be for a maximum of one year. The third extension is the final extension. Additional 
extensions will not be approved by the Graduate School. 

In the event that a graduate program wishes to continue a student in the program beyond a third extension, the 
following procedures must be followed: 

■ The student must apply to be readmitted to the graduate program. The application must be accompanied by 
a letter of support from the Graduate Director, which indicates the approval of the program for the 
readmission. 

■ The Graduate Director's letter must include a timetable listing specific goals to be accomplished at various 
points during the re-admission period. 

■ Doctoral students must be advanced to candidacy within one year of re-admission. No extensions will be 
given for this deadline. 

■ Doctoral students who have previously advanced to candidacy and who apply for readmission and re- 
advancement to candidacy must demonstrate that their knowledge is current and consistent with those 
standards that are in effect in the graduate program at the time that the re-advancement to candidacy is 
made. The program will determine what constitutes an acceptable level of current knowledge on a case-by- 
case basis and must include this determination in its recommendation for readmission. This could mean that 



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the student will be required to retake the comprehensive examination or otherwise demonstrate that the 
student's knowledge is consistent with current standards of the graduate program. 
Re-admitted students who have been advanced to candidacy will be allowed four years to complete the 
dissertation. No extensions will be given after this deadline. 



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Chapter 9: Academic Policies: Doctoral Degrees 

Graduate School Requirements Applicable to all Doctoral Degrees 
Credit Requirements 

The Graduate School requires that every student seeking the Ph.D. or D.M.A. satisfactorily complete a minimum of 
12 semester hours of dissertation credits (899); a student seeking an Ed.D. must satisfactorily complete a minimum 
of six semester hours of dissertation credits (899). The number of research and other credit hours required in the 
program varies with the degree and program in question. 

Advancement to Candidacy 

Preliminary examinations, or such other substantial tests as the graduate programs may elect, are prerequisites for 
advancement to candidacy. A student must be admitted to candidacy for the doctorate within five years after 
admission to the doctoral program and at least six months before the date on which the degree will be conferred. It is 
the responsibility of the student to submit an application for admission to candidacy when all the requirements for 
candidacy have been fulfilled. Applications for admission to candidacy are made in duplicate by the student and 
submitted to the graduate program for further action and transmission to the Graduate School . Application forms may 
be obtained at the Graduate School, Room 2123, Lee Building, or on the web. Paperwork must be received by the 
Graduate School prior to the 25th of the month in order for the advancement to become effective the first day of the 
following month. 

Doctoral candidates are automatically registered for six (6) credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research (899), for which 
they pay the flat candidacy tuition. 

Research Assurances 

Human Subject Research 

Everyone at the University of Maryland who is conducting research that involves human subjects must obtain 
approval in advance from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is charged with approving the initiation of 
research involving human subjects and conducts periodic reviews of that research to ensure that all projects comply 
with Federal regulations. These regulations are strict, and the Graduate School urges all graduate students to consult 
with the IRB before beginning any research involving living subjects. For application forms and guidelines on such 
issues as research involving minors or prisoners, surveys, and the use of audio taping, videotaping, digital 
recordings, and photographs, please see the Institutional Review Board's website 
( http://www.umresearch.umd.edu/IRB/ ). 

Other Research 

If the dissertation research involves the use of vertebrate animals, animal use protocols must be approved in advance 
by the Animal Care and Use Committee. If the dissertation research involves hazardous materials, either biological or 
chemical, or recombinant RNA/DNA, the research must be approved by the appropriate University committee. These 
research assurances must be approved prior to the initiation of any dissertation-related research, and the approvals 
must be provided to the Graduate School at the time the student submits the Nomination of Examining Committee 
form. 

The Doctoral Dissertation and Examination 

A dissertation is required of all candidates for a doctoral degree. The Graduate School has established the following 
procedures for the conduct of the doctoral dissertation examination. 

■ The Dissertation. The ability to do independent research must be demonstrated by an original dissertation 
on a topic approved by the graduate program in which the student is earning the degree. 

■ Eligibility. A student is eligible to defend a dissertation if the student (a) has advanced to candidacy, (b) has 
met all program requirements for a dissertation examination, (c) is in good standing as a graduate student at 

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the University, (d) is registered for at least one credit, (e) has a valid Graduate School-approved Dissertation 
Examining Committee, and (f) if this is the second examination, the examination has been approved by the 
Graduate School. 

Dissertation Examining Committee Membership. The Committee must include a minimum of five 
members of the Graduate Faculty, at least three of whom must be Full Members. The Chair of the 
Committee normally will be the student's advisor, who will be a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty, or who 
has been granted an exception to the policy by the Dean of the Graduate School. Each Committee will have 
appointed to it a representative of the Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean's Representative may be one 
of the five voting members. Alternatively, the Dean's Representative may not be a voting member of the 
Committee. Whether the Dean's Representative votes or not is a decision made by the student, primary 
advisor and the Dean's Representative before the Dean's Representative is nominated for approval by the 
Dean of The Graduate School. In addition, the Dean will ensure that there are five voting members on the 
Committee. Therefore, Committees that have a non-voting Dean's Representative must have at least six 
members (five voting members and the non-voting Dean's Representative.) 

Nomination of the Dissertation Examining Committee. Membership on a Dissertation Examining 
Committee requires nomination by the student's advisor and the Graduate Director of the student's graduate 
program, and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School . The nomination of a Dissertation Examining 
Committee should be provided to the Graduate School at least six weeks before the date of the expected 
dissertation examination. The dissertation examination cannot be held until the Graduate School approves 
the composition of the Dissertation Examining Committee. Furthermore, if the Graduate Faculty status of 
any member of an approved Dissertation Examining Committee changes, the approval of the Dissertation 
Examining Committee may be void, and a new Dissertation Examining Committee nomination form may be 
required to be approved by the Graduate School. 

Chair. Each Dissertation Examining Committee will have a chair, who must be a Full Member of the 
Graduate Faculty or, by special permission, has been otherwise appointed by the Dean of the Graduate 
School. Dissertation Examining Committees may be co-chaired upon written recommendation of the 
program's Graduate Director and with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School ; at least one of the 
co-chairs must be a Full Member of the University of Maryland Graduate Faculty. 

Representative of the Dean of the Graduate School. Each Dissertation Examining Committee will have 
appointed to it a representative of the Dean of the Graduate School. The Dean's Representative should 
have some background or interest related to the student's research. The Dean's Representative must be a 
tenured member of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Maryland. The Dean's Representative must be 
from another tenure home than the student's primary advisor, or co-advisor(s). In the case of multi- 
disciplinary programs, the Dean's Representative can be a member of the program, as long as they have a 
different tenure home from the primary advisor, co-advisor(s), or Doctoral Committee Chair (if the Doctoral 
Committee Chair is not a primary advisor). 

The person nominated to become the Dean's Representative may serve as a regular member of the 
student's Doctoral Graduate Committee from the time it is first convened. Alternatively, the person 
nominated to be the Dean's representative may be added to the Doctoral Graduate Committee at a later 
date and either take part in some Committee meetings including the qualifying examination, or only join as a 
Doctoral Dissertation Committee member for the final dissertation defense. In all cases, the Dean's 
Representative must be present for the full dissertation defense and serve to adjudicate the defense. 

Special Members. Individuals from outside the University of Maryland who have been approved for Special 
Membership in the Graduate Faculty may serve on Dissertation Examining Committees. These Special 
Members must be in addition to the required three Full Members of the University of Maryland Graduate 
Faculty . For procedures to nominate an individual for Special Membership, please refer to the section below 
on Graduate Faculty. 

Service of former University of Maryland faculty members. Graduate Faculty who terminate employment 
at University of Maryland (and who do not have emeritus status) retain their status as members of the 
Graduate Faculty for a twelve- month period following their termination. Thus, they may serve as members 
and chairs (but not as Dean's Representatives) of Dissertation Examining Committees during this twelve- 
month period if they are otherwise eligible. After that time, they may no longer serve as chairs of Dissertation 
Examining Committees, although, if granted the status of Special Members of the Graduate Faculty, they 
may serve as co-chairs. 

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■ Professors Emeriti and Associate Professors Emeriti may serve on Dissertation Examining Committees 
provided they are members of the Graduate Faculty. 

Open Dissertation Examination 

The dissertation examination will consist of two parts: 

■ Part 1 will be a public presentation by the candidate on the main aspects of the research reported in the 
dissertation. During Part 1 , questions from the audience to the candidate will be permitted. For questions 
from persons who are not members of the Dissertation Examining Committee, the Chair of the Dissertation 
Examining Committee will have discretion to decide whether such questions are germane to the topic of the 
dissertation and how much time will be allotted for the answers. 

■ Part 2 will be a formal examination of the candidate by the Dissertation Examination Committee. This 
part will be open only to the Dissertation Examination Committee, other members of the Graduate Faculty, 
and graduate students from the candidate's graduate program. During Part 2, only members of the 
Dissertation Examination Committee will be permitted to ask questions. Programs may vote to establish a 
policy to have Part 2 be open only to members of the Dissertation Examining Committee and members of 
the Graduate Faculty. 

■ Attendance at the final discussion and vote will be limited to the members of the Dissertation Examining 
Committee. 

■ Announcements of the date, time, and location of the examination , as well as the candidate's name 
and the dissertation title, will be disseminated five working days in advance to all members of the Graduate 
Faculty and graduate students within the graduate program in which the candidate's degree is to be 
awarded. Mass-distribution methods, such as e-mail, a faculty/student newsletter, or individual 
announcements are acceptable. Merely posting a paper notice on a corridor bulletin board will not constitute 
a sufficient announcement. 

■ Departments and graduate programs may petition the Dean of the Graduate School for exceptions to these 
policies. 

Procedures for the Oral Dissertation Examination 

■ Oral Examination Requirement. Each doctoral candidate is required to defend orally his or her doctoral 
dissertation as a requirement in partial fulfillment of the doctoral degree. 

■ Committee Preparation. The members of the Dissertation Examining Committee must receive the 
dissertation at least ten working days before the scheduled examination. Should the Dissertation Examining 
Committee deem it reasonable and appropriate, it may require submission of the dissertation more than ten 
working days in advance of the examination. 

■ Attendance at the Examination. Oral examinations must be attended by all members of the student's 
officially established Dissertation Examining Committee as approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. 
All examinations must be open to all members of the University of Maryland Graduate Faculty. Programs 
may wish routinely to open dissertation examinations to a broader audience. In such cases, program policies 
must be established, recorded, and made available to all doctoral students. Should a last-minute change in 
the constitution of the Dissertation Examining Committee be required, the change must be approved by the 
Dean of the Graduate School in consultation with the Graduate Director of the student's graduate program 
and the chair of the student's Dissertation Examining Committee. 

■ Location of the Examination. Oral examinations must be held in University facilities that are readily 
accessible to all members of the Dissertation Examining Committee and others attending the examination. 
The chair of the dissertation examining committee selects the time and place for the examination. 

■ The Dean's Representative. The Dean's Representative must be identified at the beginning of the 
examination. The responsibilities of the Dean's Representative include the following: ensuring that the 
procedures of the oral examination comply with those of the Graduate School (as described herein) and 
reporting to the Dean of the Graduate School any unusual problems experienced in the conduct of the 
examination. 

■ Invalidation of the Examination. The Dean of the Graduate School may void any examination not carried 
out in accordance with the procedures and policies of the Graduate School . In addition, upon 
recommendation of the Dean's Representative, the Dean may rule an oral examination to be null and void. 

■ Emergency Substitution Procedure. The Graduate School is aware that last-minute emergencies can 
prevent a committee member from attending a scheduled dissertation examination and will work with the 
chair of the examining committee and/or Graduate Director to make last-minute substitutions in committee 
membership to allow the examination to take place as scheduled. 

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• The request must be sent in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School . Fax or e-mail requests 
are acceptable. A telephone call to the Graduate School explaining that an emergency request is 
coming will facilitate the process. 

• The proposed substitute must be a member of the Graduate Faculty consistent with the rules for 
committee membership. Thus, if the Dean's Representative (who must be a tenured faculty 
member) could not attend, the substitution of an untenured member of the Graduate Faculty would 
not be acceptable. 

• Once the written request has been received, the substitution will be made, usually within the hour, 
provided that the revised committee meets the requirements for committee membership. 

• When the substitution has been made, a written confirmation, in the same format as the request 
was received (fax or e-mail) will be sent out, along with a telephone confirmation. The substitution 
is not official, however, until the written confirmation has been received in the graduate program. 

• An examination that is held with one or more substitute members on the committee, but without 
prior written confirmation from the Graduate School that the substitution(s) have been approved, 
will be voided and the examination will have to be repeated. 

• A copy of the written request and the written confirmation must be placed in the student's file for 
future reference. 

Remote Participation in a Dissertation Defense 

All members of a Dissertation Examining Committee must be physically present in the examination room 
during the entire dissertation defense and during the committee's private deliberations following the 
examination. Participation by telephone is not permitted under any circumstances. Remote participation by 
video teleconferencing is permitted under the following circumstances 

• Permission to conduct a remote-participation defense must be obtained by the dissertation chair 
from the Graduate School in advance. In making this request, the chair must indicate in writing that 
he/she has read the rules for a remote defense listed below. 

• A competent video technician must be present at both the University site and the remote location 
for the entire duration of the defense in the event that technical difficulties arise. 

• Only one remote site may be used during the defense. 

• The candidate, the committee chair, and the Dean's Representative must all be present in the 
examination room. None of them may be at the remote site. 

• The program must pay for all of the costs of the video teleconferencing arrangements. 

Student Presentation. The student is permitted to present briefly a summary of the dissertation, 
emphasizing the important results and giving an explanation of the reasoning that led to the conclusions 
reached. 

Opportunity for Questioning by Members of the Dissertation Examining Committee. The chair invites 
questions in turn from each member of the Dissertation Examining Committee. The questioning may 
continue as long as the Dissertation Examining Committee feels that it is necessary and reasonable for the 
proper examination of the student. 

Conclusion of the Examination. After questioning has been completed, the student and any others who 
are not members of the Dissertation Examining Committee are asked to leave the room while the 
Dissertation Examining Committee discusses whether or not the dissertation and its defense are 
satisfactory. The Committee has the following options: 

• To accept the dissertation without any recommended changes and sign the Report of Examining 
Committee. 

• To accept the dissertation with recommendations for changes and, except for the chair, sign the 
Report of the Examining Committee. The chair will check that the changes to the dissertation have 
been made, and, upon his or her approval, sign the Report of Examining Committee. 

• To recommend revisions to the dissertation and not sign the Report of Examining Committee until 
the student has made the changes and submitted the revised dissertation for the Dissertation 
Examining Committee's approval. The Dissertation Examining Committee members sign the Report 
of Examining Committee if they approve the revised dissertation. 



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• To recommend revisions and convene a second meeting of the Dissertation Examining Committee 
to review the dissertation and complete the student's examination. 

• To rule the dissertation (including its examination) unsatisfactory. In that circumstance, the student 
fails. Following the examination, the chair, in the presence of the Dean's Representative, must 
inform the student of the outcome of the examination. The chair and the Dean's Representative 
both sign a Report of the Examining Committee indicating which of the above alternatives has been 
adopted. A copy of this statement is to be included in the student's file at the graduate program 
office, and a copy is given to the student . 

• Passage or failure . The student passes if one member refuses to sign the Report, but the other members of the 
Dissertation Examining Committee agree to sign, before or after the approval of recommended changes. Two or 
more negative votes constitute a failure of the candidate to meet the dissertation requirement. In cases of failure, the 
Dissertation Examining Committee must specify in detail and in writing the nature of the deficiencies in the 
dissertation and/or the oral performance that led to failure . This statement is to be submitted to the program's 
Graduate Director, the Dean of the Graduate School , and the student. A second examination may be permitted if the 
student will be in good standing at the time of the proposed second examination. A second examination requires the 
approval of the program's Graduate Director and the Dean of the Graduate School . If the student fails this second 
examination, or if a second examination is not permitted, the student's admission to the graduate program is 
terminated. 

Submission and Publication of the Dissertation 

Dissertations are to be submitted to the Graduate School in electronic format after final approval of the dissertation by 
the Dissertation Examining Committee. See the University of Maryland Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) 
website athttp://dissertations. umi.com/umd or the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide 
(http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/current_students/etd_style_guide.html) for the details of this process. 

Dissertations submitted to the University through the ETD process will also be deposited in the UM Library's online 
electronic archive, DRUM (Digital Repository at the University of Maryland , available at http://drum.lib.umd.edu ). 
This is a free public archive of academic work by University faculty and graduate students. The submission of the 
thesis to the University in fulfillment of degree requirements grants the University the one-time, non-exclusive right to 
publish the document on DRUM. The students' and University's rights regarding dissertation and thesis submission 
and publication are outlined below. 

The University's Rights 

The University of Maryland retains non-exclusive distribution, reproduction, and archival rights to doctoral 
dissertations submitted to the Graduate Faculty in fulfillment of requirements for a graduate degree. Such rights 
entitle the University of Maryland to reproduce, archive, and distribute dissertations, in whole or in part, in and from 
an electronic format, as it sees fit. Distribution is subject to a release date stipulated by the student and approved by 
the University. 

The Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

As the owner of copyright in the thesis or dissertation, students have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, 
make derivative works based on, publicly perform and display their work, and to authorize others to exercise some or 
all of those rights. As a condition of graduation, each student's thesis or dissertation must be published. When the 
student submits his or her work to the Graduate School , they will be given several options regarding access to their 
document via ProQuest's Digital Dissertations and DRUM , the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland . The 
student's options include: 

■ Making the thesis or dissertation available via ProQuest and DRUM as soon as it is received The 

abstract and full text of your work will be present in ProQuest's Digital Dissertations for purchase, and will be 
both freely available and searchable online via DRUM. 

■ Restrict online publication of the thesis or dissertation for either 1 or 6 years Students may place an 
embargo (a restriction) on electronic access to your document through ProQuest's Digital Dissertations and 
DRUM if there is legitimate reason to do so. Patents or future publication, for example, might be jeopardized 
by providing unrestricted access (see below). Should a student elect to restrict online publication of his or 
her work, a description of the research, including the student's name, the document's title, the advisor's 



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name, and the abstract will be available via ProQuest and DRUM, but the actual electronic file will be 
unavailable for viewing or download until the selected embargo period has passed. 

■ Restrict online publication of the dissertation indefinitely Students may, in rare circumstances, place an 
indefinite embargo on access to their work. In this case, a description of the thesis or dissertation, including 
the student's name, the work's title, the advisor's name, and the abstract will be available via 
ProQuest's Digital Dissertations and DRUM, but the actual electronic file will be embargoed indefinitely. This 
option requires the written approval of the Dean of the Graduate School . This restriction can be lifted at the 
request of the author at a later date. 

These choices only affect the electronic distribution of the thesis or dissertation document. A non-circulating copy of 
each University of Maryland thesis or dissertation will be available for consultation in Hornbake Library's Maryland 
Room, and print copies of the document will be made available upon request to researchers through inter-library 
loan. 

Inclusion of One's Own Previously Published Materials in a Dissertation 

A graduate student may, upon the recommendation of the dissertation director, and with the endorsement of the 
home graduate program's Graduate Director, include his or her own published works as part of the final dissertation. 
Appropriate citations within the dissertation, including where the work was previously published, are required. All such 
materials must be produced in standard dissertation format . 

It is recognized that a graduate student may co-author work with faculty members and colleagues that should be 
included in a dissertation. In such an event, a letter should be sent to the Dean of the Graduate School certifying that 
the student's examining committee has determined that the student made a substantial contribution to that work. This 
letter should also note that inclusion of the work has the approval of the dissertation advisor and the program chair or 
Graduate Director. The letter should be included with the dissertation at the time of submission. The format of such 
inclusions must conform to the standard dissertation format. A foreword to the dissertation, as approved by the 
Dissertation Committee, must state that the student made substantial contributions to the relevant aspects of the 
jointly authored work included in the dissertation. 

Inclusion of Copyrighted Materials in a Dissertation 

Students are responsible for ensuring that their thesis or dissertation complies with copyright law. Copyright law gives 
the owner of a work exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the work publicly and to modify or 
adapt the work and the exclusive right to grant others permission to exercise any of those rights in the work, subject 
to certain exceptions . Students are responsible for determining if their use of another's work requires his or her 
permission or falls within one of the exceptions. 

Students should consider the following questions and consult the following documents for guidance on complying 
with copyright law: 

Did the work ever qualify for copyright protection? 

■ The work never qualified for copyright because, for example, it lacked originality or was created by Federal 
employees in the scope of employment. 
Copyright in the work has expired. 
The use qualifies as a fair use. 

Copyright Basics http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01.pdf 
Idea, Methods, Systems http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ31.pdf 
Works Not Protected by 

Copyright http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ32.pdf and http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ34.pdf 

Has copyright in the work expired? 

■ Library of Congress, Duration of Copyright http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1 5a.pdf 

■ University of North Carolina " When Works Pass Into the Public 
Domain " http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm 



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■ Cornell University When Works Pass Into the Public Domain in the United States : Copyright Term for 
Archivists, Cornell Institute for Digital 

Collections http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/training/Hirtle_Public_Domain.htm 

■ Center for the Public Domain: http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/ 

Is the proposed use a "fair use"? 

■ Library of Congress, Can I Use Someone Else's Work? http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html 

■ University of Washington Copyright 

Connection http://depts.washington.edu/uwcopy/Copyright_Law/Fair_Use/ 

Additional Requirements 

In addition to those requirements specified above, each graduate program may impose additional requirements. For 
these requirements, consult the descriptions that appear under the graduate program listings or the special 
publications that can be obtained from the graduate programs or colleges. 

Graduate School Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy 

The Doctor of Philosophy Degree is granted only upon sufficient evidence of high attainment in scholarship and the 
ability to engage in independent research. It is not awarded for the completion of course and seminar requirements 
no matter how successfully completed. 

Foreign Language Requirement 

Some graduate programs have a foreign language requirement for the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The student 
should inquire in the graduate program about this requirement. Students must satisfy the graduate program 
requirement before they can be admitted to candidacy for the doctorate. 

Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Education 

The requirements for the doctoral degrees in education (Ed.D.) parallel those for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 
the College of Education . The Ed.D. requires a minimum of six semester hours of dissertation credit while the Ph.D. 
requires a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation credit. Consult the Graduate Studies Office in the College of 
Education and the individual graduate program for additional details. 

Requirements for Other Doctoral Degrees 

The particular requirements for the degrees of Doctor of Musical Arts and Doctor of Audiology are given under the 
corresponding program description. Contact the individual graduate programs with specific questions. 



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Chapter 10: Academic Policies: Master's Degrees 

Graduate School Requirements Applicable to all Master's Degree Programs 

Approved Program 

The entire course of study undertaken for any master's degree must constitute a unified, coherent program that is 
approved by the student's advisor and Graduate Director and meets Graduate School requirements. 

Credit Hours 

A minimum of thirty semester hours in courses acceptable for credit towards a graduate degree is required (some 
degree programs require more than 30 credits). For a master's degree with the thesis option, six of the 30 semester 
hours must be thesis research credits (799). For the master's degree with the non-thesis option, a minimum of 18 
credit hours in courses numbered 600 and above is required, as well as one or more scholarly papers, some portion 
of which must be written. In many cases, successful completion of comprehensive examinations is required by the 
program. 

Coursework Level 

The graduate program must include at least 1 2 hours of course work at the 600 level or higher; no fewer than 1 2 
hours of course work credit must be earned in the major subject approved by the graduate program in which the 
student is enrolled. 

Prerequisites and Inclusion of Credit 

If the student is inadequately prepared for the required graduate courses, additional courses may be deemed 
necessary; such courses will not be considered part of the student's approved program of study. 

Single Credit Application 

Credits to be applied to a student's program for a master's degree cannot have been used to satisfy any other 
previously earned degrees (see policies governing the applicability of previously taken courses to University of 
Maryland degrees). 

Graduate School Requirements for the Degrees of Master of Arts and Master of Science 

Thesis Requirement 

A thesis must be submitted for the Master of Arts or Master of Science degrees except for those programs for which a 
non-thesis option has been approved by the Graduate Council. Approval of the thesis is the responsibility of an 
Examining Committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School on the recommendation of the student's 
advisor. The advisor is normally the chairperson of the committee, and the remaining members of the committee are 
members of the graduate faculty who are familiar with the student's program of study. The chairperson and the 
candidate are informed of the membership of the Examining Committee by the Graduate School staff on behalf of the 
Dean of the Graduate School . 

Research Assurances 

Human Subject Research 

Everyone at the University of Maryland who is conducting research that involves human subjects must obtain 
approval in advance from the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is charged with approving the initiation of 
research involving human subjects and conducts periodic reviews of that research to ensure that all projects comply 
with Federal regulations. These regulations are strict and the Graduate School urges all graduate students to consult 
with the IRB before beginning any research on living subjects. For application forms and guidelines on such issues as 
research involving minors or prisoners, surveys, and the use of audio taping, videotaping, digital recordings and 
photographs, please see the Institutional Review Board's website ( http://www.umresearch.umd.edu/IRB/ ). 

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Other Research 

If the dissertation research involves the use of vertebrate animals, animal use protocols must be approved in advance 
by the Animal Care and Use Committee. If the dissertation research involves hazardous materials, either biological or 
chemical, or recombinant RNA/DNA, the research must be approved by the appropriate University committee. These 
research assurances must be approved prior to the initiation of any dissertation-related research, and the approvals 
must be provided to the Graduate School at the time the student submits the Nomination of Examining Committee 
form. 

The Master's Thesis Examination 

A final oral examination of the thesis will be held when the student has completed the thesis to the satisfaction of the 
student's advisor, all other requirements for the degree have been completed, and a 3.0 grade point average 
(computed in accordance with the regulations described under "Grades for Graduate students") has been earned. 

Establishment of the Thesis Examining Committee. The Thesis Examining Committee is appointed by the Dean 
of the Graduate School , in accordance with the policies listed below: 

• Eligibility. A student is eligible to be examined on a thesis if the studentA: (a) has met all program requirements for 
a thesis examination, (b) is in good standing as a graduate student at the University, (c) is registered for at least one 
credit, (d) has a valid Graduate School-approved Thesis Examining Committee, (e) has at least a 3.0 grade point 
average, and (f) if this is the second examination, the examination has been approved by the Graduate School. 

• Thesis Examining Committee Membership. The Committee will include a minimum of three members of the 
Graduate Faculty, at least two of whom will be Full Members. The Chair of the Committee normally will be the 
student's advisor, who will be a Full or Adjunct Member of the Graduate Faculty, or who has been granted an 
exception to the policy by the Dean of the Graduate School . 

• Membership on a Thesis Examining Committee, requires nomination by the student's advisor and Graduate 
Director in the student's graduate program, and approval by the Dean of the Graduate School . The nomination of a 
Thesis Examining Committee should be provided to the Graduate School at least six weeks before the date of the 
expected thesis examination. The thesis examination cannot be held until the Graduate School approves the 
composition of the Thesis Examining Committee. Furthermore, if the Graduate Faculty status of any member of an 
approved Thesis Examining Committee changes, the approval of the Thesis Examining Committee may be voided, 
and a new Committee nomination form will be required for approval by the Graduate School. 

• Chair. The Thesis Examining Committee will have as chair the student's advisor, who must be a Full or Adjunct 
Member of the Graduate Faculty or, by special permission, has been otherwise appointed by the Dean of the 
Graduate School. Thesis Examining Committees may have co-chairs upon the written recommendation of the 
Graduate Director and with the approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. 

Procedures for the Oral Examination: 

■ Oral Examination Requirement. Each master's thesis student must defend orally his or her master's thesis 
as a requirement in partial fulfillment of the master's degree (an additional comprehensive written 
examination may be required at the option of the program.) 

■ Committee Preparation. The members of the Thesis Examining Committee must receive the thesis at least 
seven working days before the scheduled examination. Should the Thesis Examining Committee deem it 
reasonable and appropriate, it may require submission of the thesis more than seven working days in 
advance of the examination. 

■ Attendance at the Examination. Oral examinations must be attended by all members of the student's 
officially established Thesis Examining Committee as approved by the Dean of the Graduate School . All 
examinations must be open to members of University of Maryland Graduate Faculty . Programs may wish 
routinely to open thesis examinations to a broader audience. In such cases, program policies must be 
established, recorded, and made available to all master's students. Should a last-minute change in the 
constitution of the Thesis Examining Committee be required, the change must be approved by the Dean of 



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the Graduate School in consultation with the program's Graduate Director and the chair of the student's 
Thesis Examining Committee. 

■ Remote Participation in Examinations . The Graduate School policy is that all members of a Thesis 
Examining Committee must be physically present in the examination room during the entire defense and 
during the committee's private deliberations following the examination. Participation by telephone is not 
permitted under any circumstances. While re-affirming this policy, the Graduate Council approved a policy to 
permit remote participation by video teleconferencing under the following circumstances: 

• Permission to conduct a remote-participation defense must be obtained by the thesis chair from the 
Graduate School in advance. In making this request, the chair must indicate in writing that he or 
she has read the rules for a remote defense listed below. 

• A competent video technician must be present at both the University site and the remote location 
for the entire duration of the defense in the event that technical difficulties arise. 

• Only one remote site may be used during the defense. 

• The candidate and the committee chair must both be present in the examination room. Neither may 
be at the remote site. 

• The department/program must pay for all of the costs of the video teleconferencing arrangements. 

• Location of the Examination. Oral examinations of theses must be held in University facilities that are readily 
accessible to all members of the Thesis Examining Committee and others attending the examination. The chair of the 
Thesis Examining Committee selects the time and place for the examination and notifies the other members of the 
committee and the candidate. 

• Emergency Substitutions. The Graduate School is aware that last-minute emergencies can prevent a committee 
member from attending a scheduled thesis examination. We are prepared to work with the thesis supervisor and/or 
Graduate Director to make last-minute substitutions in committee membership to allow the defense to take place as 
scheduled. Please follow these steps to assure a smooth substitution. 

■ The request must be sent in writing. Fax or e-mail requests are acceptable. A telephone call to the Dean of 
the Graduate School to alert the Dean that the emergency request is coming will facilitate the process. 

■ The proposed substitute must be a member of the Graduate Faculty consistent with the rules for committee 
membership. Thus, if a Full Member could not attend, the substitution of an Adjunct or Special Member of 
the Graduate Faculty would not be acceptable. 

■ Once the written request has been received, the substitution will be made, usually within the hour, provided 
that the revised committee meets the requirements for committee membership. 

■ When the substitution has been made, a written confirmation, in the same format as the request was 
received (fax or e-mail), will be sent out, along with a telephone confirmation. The substitution is not official, 
however, until the written confirmation has been received in the department or program. 

■ A defense that is held with one or more substitute members on the committee, but without prior written 
confirmation from the Graduate School that the substitution(s) have been approved, will be voided and the 
defense will have to be repeated. 

■ A copy of the written request and the written confirmation will be placed in the student's file for future 
reference. 

• Invalidation of the Examination. The Dean may void any examination not carried out in accordance with the 
procedures and policies of the Graduate School . In addition, upon the recommendation of the Thesis Examining 
Committee or any member thereof, the Dean of the Graduate School may rule an oral examination to be null and 
void. 

• Conclusion of the Examination. After the oral examination, the student and any others who are not members of 
the Thesis Examining Committee will be asked to leave the room and the Thesis Examining Committee will discuss 
whether or not the thesis (including its examination) has been satisfactory. 

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■ The Committee has the following options : 

• To accept the thesis without any recommended changes and sign the Report of Examining 
Committee. 

• To accept the thesis with recommendations for changes and, except for the chair, sign the Report 
of Examining Committee. The chair will check the thesis and, upon his or her approval, sign the 
Report of Examining Committee. 

• To recommend revisions to the thesis and not sign the Report of Examining Committee until the 
student has made the changes and submitted the revised thesis for the Thesis Examining 
Committee's approval. The Thesis Examining Committee members sign the Report of Examining 
Committee when they approve the revised thesis. 

• To recommend revisions and convene a second meeting of the Thesis Examining Committee to 
review the thesis and complete the student's examination. 

• To rule the thesis (including its examination) unsatisfactory. In that circumstance, the student fails. 

Following the examination, the chair must inform the student of the outcome of the examination. The chair 
signs the Report of the Examining Committee indicating which of the above alternatives has been adopted. 
A copy of this statement is to be included in the student's file at the graduate program office, and a copy is 
given to the student. 

• Passage or Failure. The student passes if all members of the Thesis Examining Committee accept the thesis 
(including its examination) as satisfactory. One or more negative votes constitute a failure of the candidate to meet 
the thesis requirement. In cases of failure, the Thesis Examining Committee must specify in detail and in writing the 
nature of the deficiencies in the thesis and/or the oral performance that led to failure. This statement is to be 
submitted to the program's Graduate Director, the Dean of the Graduate School , and the student. A second 
examination may be permitted if the student will be in good standing at the time of the proposed second examination. 
A second examination requires the approval of the program's Graduate Director and the Dean of the Graduate 
School . If the student fails this second examination, or if a second examination is not permitted, the student's 
admission to the graduate program is terminated. 

• The Decision to Accept the Examination as Satisfactory Must Be Unanimous . Students may present 
themselves for examination only twice. The report of the committee, signed by each member, must be submitted to 
the Dean of the Graduate School no later than the appropriate date listed in the Schedule of Classes if the student is 
to receive a diploma at the Commencement ceremony for the semester in which the examination is held. 

Submission and Publication of the Thesis 

Theses are to be submitted to the Graduate School in electronic format after final approval of the document by the 
Thesis Examining Committee. See the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide 
(http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/current_students/etd_style_guide.html) for the details of this process. 

Theses submitted to the University through the ETD process will also be deposited in the UM Library's online 
electronic archive, DRUM (Digital Repository at the University of Maryland , available at http://drum.lib.umd.edu ). 
This is a free public archive of academic work by University faculty and graduate students. The submission of the 
thesis to the University in fulfillment of degree requirements grants the University the one-time, non-exclusive right to 
publish the document on DRUM. 

The University's Rights 

The University of Maryland retains non-exclusive distribution, reproduction, and archival rights to doctoral 
dissertations submitted to the Graduate Faculty in fulfillment of requirements for a graduate degree. Such rights 
entitle the University of Maryland to reproduce, archive, and distribute dissertations, in whole or in part, in and from 
an electronic format, as it sees fit. Distribution is subject to a release date stipulated by the student and approved by 
the University. 

The Student's Rights and Responsibilities 

As the owner of copyright in the thesis or dissertation, students have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, 
make derivative works based on, publicly perform and display their work, and to authorize others to exercise some or 
all of those rights. As a condition of graduation, each student's thesis or dissertation must be published. When the 
student submits his or her work to the Graduate School , they will be given several options regarding access to their 

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document via ProQuest's Digital Dissertations and DRUM , the Digital Repository at the University of Maryland . The 
student's options include: 

Making the thesis or dissertation available via ProQuest and DRUM as soon as it is received 

The abstract and full text of your work will be present in ProQuest's Digital Dissertations for purchase, and will be 
both freely available and searchable online via DRUM. 

Restricting online publication of the thesis or dissertation for either 1 or 6 years 

Students may place an embargo (a restriction) on electronic access to your document through ProQuest's Digital 
Dissertations and DRUM if there is legitimate reason to do so. Patents or future publication, for example, might be 
jeopardized by providing unrestricted access (see below). Should a student elect to restrict online publication of his or 
her work, a description of the research, including the student's name, the document's title, the advisor's name, and 
the abstract will be available via ProQuest and DRUM, but the actual electronic file will be unavailable for viewing or 
download until the selected embargo period has passed. 

Restrict online publication of the thesis or dissertation indefinitely 

Students may, in rare circumstances, place an indefinite embargo on access to their work. In this case, a description 
of the thesis or dissertation, including the student's name, the work's title, the advisor's name, and the abstract will be 
available via ProQuest's Digital Dissertations and DRUM, but the actual electronic file will be embargoed indefinitely. 
This option requires the written approval of the Dean of the Graduate School . This restriction can be lifted at the 
request of the author at a later date. 

These choices only affect the electronic distribution of the thesis or dissertation document. A non-circulating copy of 
each University of Maryland thesis or dissertation will be available for consultation in Hornbake Library's Maryland 
Room, and print copies of the document will be made available upon request to researchers through inter-library loan. 

Inclusion of One's Own Previously Published Materials in a Thesis or Dissertation 

A graduate student may, upon the recommendation of the thesis director, and with the endorsement of the home 
graduate program Graduate Director, include his or her own published works as part of the final thesis. Appropriate 
citations within the thesis, including where the work was previously published, are required. All such materials must 
be produced in standard thesis format. 

It is recognized that a graduate student may co-author work with faculty and colleagues that should be included in a 
thesis. In such an event, a letter should be sent to the Dean of the Graduate School certifying that the student's 
Examining Committee has determined that the student made a substantial contribution to that work. This letter should 
also note that inclusion of the work has the approval of the thesis advisor and the Graduate Director. The format of 
such inclusions must conform to the standard thesis format. A foreword to the thesis, as approved by the Examining 
Committee, must state that the student made substantial contributions to the relevant aspects of the jointly authored 
work included in the thesis. 

Inclusion of Copyrighted Materials in a Thesis or Dissertation 

Students are responsible for ensuring that their thesis or dissertation complies with copyright law. Copyright law gives 
the owner of a work exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the work publicly and to modify or 
adapt the work and the exclusive right to grant others permission to exercise any of those rights in the work, subject 
to certain exceptions . Students are responsible for determining if their use of another's work requires his or her 
permission or falls within one of the exceptions. Permission is not required to use a work when: 

Students are responsible for ensuring that their thesis or dissertation complies with copyright law. Copyright law gives 
the owner of a work exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the work publicly and to modify or 
adapt the work and the exclusive right to grant others permission to exercise any of those rights in the work, subject 
to certain exceptions . Students are responsible for determining if their use of another's work requires his or her 
permission or falls within one of the exceptions. Permission is not required to use a work when: 

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■ The work never qualified for copyright because, for example, it lacked originality or was created by Federal 
employees in the scope of employment. 

■ Copyright in the work has expired. 

■ The use qualifies as a fair use. 

Students should consult the following documents for guidance on complying with copyright law: 
Did the work ever qualify for copyright protection? 

■ Copyright Basics http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ01 .pdf 

■ Idea, Methods, Systems http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ31.pdf 

■ Works Not Protected by 

Copyright http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ32.pdf and http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ34.pdf 

Has copyright in the work expired? 

■ Library of Congress, Duration of Copyright http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1 5a.pdf 

■ University of North Carolina " When Works Pass Into the Public 
Domain " http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm 

■ Cornell University When Works Pass Into the Public Domain in the United States : Copyright Term for 
Archivists, Cornell Institute for Digital 

Collections http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/training/Hirtle_Public_Domain.htm 

Is the proposed use a "fair use"? 

■ Library of Congress, Can I Use Someone Else's Work? http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html 

■ University of Washington Copyright 

Connection http://depts.washington.edu/uwcopy/Copyright_Law/Fair_Use/ 

Non-Thesis Option 

The requirements for Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees without thesis vary slightly among graduate 
programs in which this option is available. The quality of the work expected of the student is identical to that expected 
in the thesis programs. 

Generally, the non-thesis program requires: 

■ a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses approved for graduate credit 

■ a minimum of 18 credit hours in courses numbered 600 or above 

■ the submission of one or more scholarly papers 

■ in many cases, successful completion of a comprehensive final examination, at least some portion of which 
must be written. 

A student following a non-thesis master's program will be expected to meet the same deadlines for application for a 
diploma and for final examination reports as those established for all other degree programs. 

Requirements for the Degree of Master of Education 

Nearly all graduate programs in The College of Education offer the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with the 
following requirements: 

■ A minimum of 30 semester hours in course work. 

■ A minimum of 15 hours in courses numbered 600-800 with the remainder in courses numbered 400 or 
higher. Some graduate programs require courses outside the College of Education. 

■ A comprehensive written examination taken at the end of course work. 

■ EDMS 645 or a College approved substitute. 

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■ One seminar paper as determined by the advisor. 

Requirements for the Degree of Master of Engineering 

All graduate programs in The Clark School of Engineering offer the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree with the 
following requirements: 

A minimum of 30 semester hours of approved course work in an engineering option. The student's program must be 
approved by the engineering graduate program that offers the option. 

Requirements Applicable to Other Master's Degrees 

The particular requirements for the degrees of Master of Applied Anthropology , Master of Architecture , Master of 
Business Administration , Master of Community Planning, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Historic Preservation, 
Master of information Management, Master of Library Science , Master of Music, Master of Public Health, Master of 
Public Management , Master of Public Policy, and Master of Professional Studies are given under the individual 
graduate program entries in those fields. 

Professional Master's Degrees 

The University of Maryland offers a variety of Professional Master's Degree Programs geared towards working adults. 
For information about any one of the Professional Master's Program, please visit their websites: 

Chemical and Life Sciences 

Engineering 

Arabic Language 

Persian Language 

Real Estate Development 

Geospatial Information Sciences 

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science and Technology 

Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology 

Landscape Architecture 

Masters of Business Administration 

Masters of Public Management 



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Chapter 11 : Academic Policies: Certificate Programs 

Certificate Programs 



A post-baccalaureate certificate is awarded for the successful completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of 
graduate-level work in a defined subject area under the following conditions: 

•The program must include a minimum core requirement of nine credit hours chosen from a limited list as designated 
by the graduate program. 

•Non-core courses must be chosen from a specific list of acceptable options. 

•No fewer than nine credit hours must be earned at the 600 level and above. 

•In a twelve credit certificate program three credits may be earned at the 400 level; for certificate programs requiring 
more than 1 2 credits, a maximum of six credit hours may be at the 400 level. 

•All credits for a certificate must be completed at the University of Maryland. 

•A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for the award of a graduate certificate. 

•All requirements for the graduate certificate must be completed within a five-year period. 

Information on Graduate Certificates can be found on the program's website: 

Engineering 

Arabic 

Persian 

Real Estate Development 

Geospatial Information Sciences 

Computational Methods in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science 

General Atmospheric & Oceanic Science 

Air Quality Science & Technology 

Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology 

Literacy Coaching 

Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation 

Psychiatric Vocational Rehab 

Women's Studies 

Urban Design 

Special Education 

Terrorism Analysis 

Computational Harmonic Analysis 

Critical Theory 

Survey Statistics 

Scientific Computation 

Historic Preservation 

Intermediate Survey Methodology 

Jewish Studies 

Museum Scholarship and Material Culture 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences 

Population Studies 

MSDE Administrator I Certification 



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Chapter 12: Academic Policies: Combined Bachelor's-Master's 
Programs 

Combined Bachelor's-Master's Programs 

In a combined bachelor's/master's program, some graduate level courses initially taken for undergraduate credit may 
also be applied towards the graduate credit requirements for a master's degree program at the University of 
Maryland. A bachelor's/master's program may be developed for an individual student, or it may be a structured 
program. 

Individual Student Bachelor's/Master's Program 

A program may be developed by an individual student in consultation with his/her academic advisor. Such a program 
is available only to students whose academic performance is exceptional. It is to be developed according to the 
individual career interests and goals of the student and should be an integrated learning experience rather than 
merely the completion of a certain number of graduate and undergraduate credits. The proposed program requires 
the approval of the Directors of both the undergraduate and the graduate programs involved and of the Dean for 
Undergraduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School . Normally no more than nine credits of graduate 
courses applied to the bachelor's degree may be counted also for graduate credit in an individual student's program. 
Courses to be double-counted must be at the 600 level or above and must be passed with at least a "B-" grade. 
Individual study courses, internships, or courses given as credit by examination are not eligible. The credits to be 
double-counted will be designated as applicable to the graduate program of study after the student receives the 
bachelor's degree and matriculates in the Graduate School . 

Structured Bachelor's/Master's Program 

A structured bachelor's/master's program is a clearly defined curriculum combining an existing undergraduate 
program and an existing master's program at the University of Maryland, offered by the same or by different 
departments. It is designed for students whose academic performance is exceptional and should be an integrated 
learning experience rather than merely the completion of a certain number of graduate and undergraduate credits. A 
proposal for such a program should be submitted by the colleges housing the academic programs concerned and 
requires the approval of the Graduate Council, the Dean of the Graduate School , the Senate PCC Committee, and 
the President. 

Necessary features of a structured bachelor's/master's program include the following: 

■ Specific requirements for admission to the combined program that speak to the exceptional performance of 
the students to be admitted. At a minimum, students accepted for the program must be clearly admissible to 
the graduate program portion. 

■ The program should be designed so as not to unduly delay the completion of the bachelor's degree. Taking 
graduate credits should not unduly limit the breadth of the student's experience through premature 
specialization. 

■ All requirements of the bachelor's program and of the master's program must be completed before the 
student may receive both degrees. Where appropriate, graduate courses taken while an undergraduate may 
substitute for courses required in the undergraduate major program. 

■ The students may be offered deferred admission to the Graduate School at the end of the junior year 
program, subject to completion of the senior year program in a timely fashion and with a specified level of 
achievement. Formal admission to the Graduate School will require completion of all requirements for the 
bachelor's degree. 

■ The credits to be double-counted will be designated as applicable to the graduate program after the student 
receives the bachelor's degree and matriculates in the Graduate School . 

A structured bachelor's/master's program may normally include up to nine credits of graduate level courses that are 
counted both for the bachelor's program and the master's program. More than nine double-counted credits may be 
allowed if both of the following conditions are satisfied: 

■ The additional graduate credits applied to the undergraduate program do not unduly limit the breadth of the 
student's experience through premature specialization. 

■ The master's program requires more than thirty credits. 

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Chapter 13: Academic Policies: Dual Graduate Degree Programs 

Dual Graduate Degree Programss 

Graduate students who are enrolled in a doctoral program in one department/program may enroll concurrently for a 
master's degree in a related area. Examples would be a doctoral student in PHYS enrolling concurrently for a 
masters in MATH or a doctoral student in ECON enrolling concurrently for a master's in BGMT. 

The following rules govern the dual-enrollment process: 

• The student must be in good academic standing. 

• Both graduate departments/programs must agree to the dual-degree enrollment. 

• The full degree requirements must be met in both programs. 

• The same course cannot be applied to both programs. 

• A written plan for the dual enrollment must be worked out between the two departments/programs regarding 
credits, advising, semester loads, etc. Copies of this plan must be placed in the student's file in each program and a 
copy sent to the Graduate School to be included in the student's records here. 

Once the written plan is filed with the Graduate School , the student's doctoral program will be designated as the 
primary degree and the masters program will be designated as the secondary degree. Students and advisors should 
bear in mind that our present computer system has no way of knowing towards which degree a given course grade 
should be applied for purposes of computing the GPA. Therefore, students enrolled in dual-degree programs will only 
have an overall GPA, which reflects their combined performance in the two programs. We are unable to provide 
separate GPAs for the masters and doctoral components of the two programs. Students therefore should be advised 
that poor performance in their masters program would affect their overall GPA as it is calculated on their transcript. 

Existing Dual Degree Programs 

Find information on the following existing dual degree programs on their websites: 

Architecture and Community Planning (M.Arch and MCP) 

Architecture and Historical Preservation (M.Arch and MHP) 

History/Library Science (MA and MLS) 

Dual MBA/JD Program 

Dual MBA/MS Program 

Dual MBA/Masters of Social Work 

Dual MPP/MBA Program 

Urban Studies and Planning and Law (MCP and JD) 

Community Planning and Historic Preservation (MCP and MHP) 

Masters of Engineering/Public Policy 

Dual MPP/JD Program 

Bioengineering (MS and MD) 



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Chapter 14: Academic Policies: Field Committees 

Field Committees 

Groups of faculty who are engaged in a common research area that crosses disciplinary or sub-disciplinary lines may 
seek formal recognition as a Field Committee from the Graduate School. It is assumed that these committees will find 
ways to sponsor collaborative scholarship by faculty and graduate students through the sponsorship of symposia and 
lectures, the creation of courses, the direction of graduate student research. The University of Maryland currently 
recognizes several official Field Committees: 

The Burgers Program in Fluid Dynamics 

The Field Committee in Nanoscience and Technology 

The Maryland Biophysics Program 

Field Committee in Energy Systems Engineering 

Field Committee in Developmental Science 

Field Committee in Film Studies 

Field Committee in Medieval and Early Modern Studies 

The Graduate School supports and encourages intellectual exchange and collegiality among the academic fields and 
disciplines. These exchanges and interactions distinguish the University from a collection of isolated teaching centers 
and research institutes, produce advancements in knowledge and intellectual synergy, and promote a dynamic 
curriculum that reflects the current development of research and scholarship. To foster these activities, the Graduate 
School encourages the formation of interdisciplinary Field Committees. The purpose of these committees is to 
enhance collaborative research, foster intellectual achievement, use the Graduate School 's resources to support 
advanced research, elevate the visibility of the University's expertise in interdisciplinary areas, and attract graduate 
students. 

Requirements for Formal Recognition 

• A minimum of five Full Members of the Graduate Faculty, representing at least two disciplines or sub-disciplines, 
must agree to participate. 

• The Field Committee faculty must commit to meeting at least twice a semester. 

• The Field Committee faculty must keep regular minutes of the meetings. 

• The Field Committee faculty must select a spokesperson or convener for the Committee. 

Requirements for Offering Courses and Advising Students: 

• A set of regularly taught graduate courses must be identified in the Field Committee area. 

• The department chair of each member of the Committee must agree to the faculty member's participation in the 
Committee. 

• Approved graduate programs must be willing to admit qualified students who express a prior interest in the 
Committee, and departments must be willing to consider them for department/University support in an open 
competition. 

• The spokesperson for the Committee must report each semester to the respective Graduate Program Directors on 
the progress of graduate students who are affiliated with the Committee. 

Available Resources for Field Committees 

• The Committee may request financial assistance from the Graduate School for brochures and web site 
development to advertise and promote the field. 

• The Committee may request financial support for speakers, symposia, and other intellectual events from the 

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Graduate School . 

• The Committee may request a sum equivalent to the cost of a course buy-out for the development of a new course 
to be offered in the field. Funds will be available for up to two years. In order to receive Graduate School funds, a 
department must be willing to support the course at the end of the two-year period if student demand warrants. 

• The Graduate School will list the Field Committee in the Graduate Catalog. 

The Graduate School will recognize Field Committees for an initial period of five years. At the end of that period, the 
activities and accomplishments of the Committee will be reviewed. If the Committee members and the Graduate 
Dean are both satisfied that the Committee is able to foster and enhance intellectual achievements, the Committee's 
recognition by the Graduate School will be extended for another period of five years, at which point it will be reviewed 
again. The criteria for each review will be the Committee's accomplishments in enhancing collaborative research and 
intellectual achievement, and its success in attracting and educating graduate students. 

Approved by the Graduate Council on March 15, 2005. 



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Chapter 15: The Graduate Faculty 

University of Maryland Graduate Faculty Members 



The Graduate Faculty are responsible for teaching classes restricted to graduate students, designing the academic 
content of graduate degree programs, and supervising the writing and defense of graduate student research in the 
form of theses and dissertations. 

Minimum Qualification 

To qualify for appointment to the Graduate Faculty, individuals normally will hold the terminal degree in their 
discipline. 

Membership - Graduate Faculty Categories 

There are three categories of membership of the Graduate Faculty: Full Members; Adjunct Members; and Special 
Members. All members of the Graduate Faculty will be associated with a home unit. For Full Members of the 
Graduate Faculty, the home unit is the primary unit of appointment to rank. For Adjunct and Special Members of the 
Graduate Faculty, the home unit is the academic unit responsible for the particular graduate program initiating the 
request for nomination. Once appointed, members of the Graduate Faculty are available to serve across units and 
within multi-/cross-/interdisciplinary graduate programs. 

Appointment procedures 
Full Members 

Full Members of the Graduate Faculty are tenured or tenure-track faculty at the University of Maryland , College Park, 
with duties in teaching and research (Assistant and Associate Professors, Professors, and Distinguished University 
Professors); and College Park Professors. Appointment to the Graduate Faculty is automatic on appointment to the 
University of Maryland faculty. Faculty awarded Emeritus status continue as Full Members of the Graduate Faculty 
for five years after retirement and may be reappointed for additional five-year terms thereafter, subject to nomination 
by the home unit. The Nomination to the Graduate Faculty Form is available here. 

Adjunct Members 

Adjunct Members of the Graduate Faculty normally come from the ranks specified from the following categories in the 
UMCP Policy on Appointment, Promotion, and Tenure of Faculty: faculty with duties primarily in research, 
scholarship, or artistic creativity (Research Assistant Professor, Research Associate Professor, and Research 
Professor; Assistant and Associate Research Scientist, and Senior Research Scientist; Assistant and Associate 
Research Scholar, and Senior Research Scholar; Assistant and Associate Research Engineer, and Senior Research 
Engineer; Assistant and Associate Artist-in-Residence, and Senior Artist-in-Residence); field faculty (Agent, Senior 
and Principal Agent); faculty engaged exclusively or primarily in library service (Librarian 3 and 4); and additional 
faculty ranks (Adjunct Assistant and Associate Professor, and Professor; visiting appointments that correspond to 
eligible ranks listed above; and Professor of the Practice). Exceptionally, faculty in other ranks with appropriate 
terminal qualifications, expertise, and experience may be proposed for Adjunct Membership in the Graduate Faculty. 

Appointment is by approval of the Dean of the Graduate School. Nomination for appointment to Adjunct Member of 
the Graduate Faculty is made by the Head of the home unit, on the recommendation of the Full Members of the 
Graduate Faculty in the unit. Each nomination will include a letter of support from the Head of the home unit, 
confirmation of approval of the Full Members of the Graduate Faculty in the unit, and current curriculum vitae. The 
term of appointment is five years and is renewable upon re-nomination by the Head of the home unit after appropriate 
review within the unit. The appointment is terminated upon resignation or retirement. 

The Nomination to the Graduate Faculty Form is available here. 



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Special Members 

Special Members of the Graduate Faculty are scholars who have no official affiliation with the University of Maryland. 

Appointment is by approval of the Dean of the Graduate School . Nomination for Appointment to Special Member of 
the Graduate Faculty is made by the Head of the home unit, on the recommendation of the Full Members of the 
Graduate Faculty in the unit. Each nomination will include a letter of support from the Head of the home unit, 
confirmation of approval of the Full Members of the Graduate Faculty in the unit, and current curriculum vitae. The 
term of appointment is five years and is renewable upon re-nomination by the Head of the home unit after appropriate 
review within the unit. The appointment is terminated upon resignation or retirement. 

The Nomination to the Graduate Faculty Form is available here. 

Exceptional Appointments 

Exceptions to the procedures listed above may be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and will be reported 
to the Graduate Council at its final meeting of each academic year. Each request for an exception will include a letter 
of justification from the Head of the home unit, making a compelling case that the exception is necessary to fill a 
particular need, confirmation of approval of the Full Members of the Graduate Faculty in the home unit, and 
current curriculum vitae. All exceptions will be effective for periods of up to five years and may be re-approved for 
periods of up to five years based on a review in the home unit and the recommendation of the Head of the home unit. 
The appointment is terminated upon resignation or retirement. 

Faculty of Multi-Campus Graduate Degree Programs 

Exceptionally, faculty who hold appointments at other institutions of the University System of Maryland and who 
participate in approved multi-campus graduate degree programs may be appointed Full Members of the Graduate 
Faculty at the University of Maryland . Such exceptions will be proposed on an individual basis, be subject to 
approval by the Dean of the Graduate School, and be reported to the Graduate Council at its final meeting of each 
academic year. Each request for an exception will include a letter of justification from the Graduate Director of the 
multi-campus program, confirmation of approval of the Full Members of the Graduate Faculty in the program, and 
current curriculum vitae . All exceptions will be effective for periods up to five years, and may be re-approved for 
periods of up to five years based on a review by the program and the recommendation of the Graduate Director of the 
program. The appointment is terminated upon resignation or retirement. 

Resolving Conflicts with Past Practice: Any extant Graduate Faculty appointments that do not meet these criteria will 
terminate by May 2, 201 , five years from the date of implementation of this policy, May 2, 2005. Reappointment to 
the appropriate category will follow the nomination procedure given above for that category. 

Prerogatives of Membership by Category 
Full Members 

Full Members of the Graduate Faculty are eligible to teach courses restricted to graduate student enrollment; serve 
on program graduate committees; direct Master's thesis research and chair Master's thesis examining committees; 
direct doctoral dissertation research and chair doctoral dissertation examining committees; and vote for and serve on 
the Graduate Council and its committees. 

Adjunct Members 

Adjunct Members of the Graduate Faculty are eligible to teach courses restricted to graduate student enrollment, 
serve on program graduate committees, direct Master's thesis research, chair Master's Thesis Examining 
Committees, and co-direct doctoral dissertation research, but not direct doctoral dissertation research or chair 
Dissertation Examining Committees. 

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Special Members of the Graduate Faculty are eligible to serve on program graduate committees and co-direct 
Master's thesis research, but may not direct or co-direct doctoral dissertation research or chair Master's Thesis or 
Doctoral Dissertation Examination Committees. 

Membership of Former University of Maryland Faculty 

Full Members of the Graduate Faculty who terminate their employment at the University of Maryland under honorable 
circumstances (and who do not have emeritus status) may for a 12-month period following their termination serve as 
members and Chairs of Dissertation examination committees. They may not serve as Dean's representatives. 

Exceptions to Policy 

Exceptions to the prerogatives listed above must be approved by the Dean of the Graduate School and will be 
reported to the Graduate Council at its final meeting of each academic year. In particular, the Dean of the Graduate 
School may authorize Adjunct and Special Members of the Graduate Faculty to chair a doctoral Dissertation or 
master's Thesis Examining Committee on the recommendation of the home unit that the member possesses the 
requisite skills and scholarly expertise. Each request for an exception will include a letter of justification from the Head 
of the home unit, making a compelling case that the exception is necessary to fill a particular need, confirmation of 
the approval of the Full Members of the Graduate Faculty in the home unit, and a current curriculum vitae. 



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Chapter 16: Academic Policies: Other Graduate School Policies 

Other Graduate School Policies 
Waiver of a Regulation 

All policies of the Graduate School have been formulated by the Graduate Council with the goal of ensuring academic 
quality and approved by the Provost. These policies are to be equitably and uniformly enforced. Circumstances 
occasionally occur that warrant individual consideration. A graduate student who believes that there are compelling 
reasons for a specific regulation to be waived or modified, the student should submit a written petition to the Dean of 
the Graduate School , Room 2125, Lee Building, explaining the facts and issues that bear on the case. In all 
instances, the petition must be signed by the student's Graduate Director and, if the petition involves a course, by the 
course instructor. If these individuals recommend approval, in writing, the petition is then forwarded to the Office of 
the Dean of the Graduate School for consideration. Forms for Petitions for Waivers of Regulation are available 
at http://www.gradschool. umd.edu/current students/general forms for gradaute students.html . 

Application for Graduation 

During the academic year, applications for graduation must be filed with the Office of the Registrar within the first ten 
days of the semester in which the candidate expects to obtain a degree. During the summer session, the application 
must be filed during the first week of the second summer session. Exact dates are noted for each semester and the 
summer sessions in the Schedule of Classes . Failure to meet specific deadlines may result in a delay of one or more 
semesters before graduation. In addition, the Thesis and Dissertation Manua/contains a time line for completion of 
the master's or doctoral degree. If for any reason students do not graduate at the end of the semester in which they 
have applied for the diploma, the application will automatically transfer to the following semester. 

Academic regalia are required of all candidates at commencement exercises. Those who so desire may purchase or 
rent caps and gowns at the University of Maryland student supply store. Orders must typically be filed eight weeks 
before the date of Commencement at the University Book Center in the Stamp Student Union. 



Arbitrary and Capricious Grading Policies 
Policy and Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading in Courses 

Arbitrary and capricious grading is constituted by the assignment of a course grade to a student on some basis other 
than performance in the course, or the assignment of a course grade to a student by unreasonable application of 
standards different from standards that were applied to other students in that course, or the assignment of a course 
grade by a substantial and unreasonable departure from the instructor's initially articulated standards. 

A student who believes he or she has received an improper final grade in a course should inform the instructor 
promptly. The instructor will meet with the student at a mutually convenient time and place within ten working days of 
receipt of the information. The purpose of the meeting is to attempt to reach a resolution. 

If the instructor has left the University, is on approved leave, or cannot be reached by the student, the student should 
contact the Department Chairperson. The Department Chairperson, or a designee, will meet with the student as 
described above to attempt to resolve the problem. 

If these meetings (known as the informal process) do not resolve the problem, the student may initiate a formal 
appeal. This appeal must be made in writing to the Dean of the Graduate School and must contain: the course title 
and number; the instructor's name; and a statement detailing why the grade is believed to be arbitrary and capricious 
as defined in this policy, and providing all relevant supporting evidence. The appeal must be received in the Dean's 
Office within twenty (20) days of the first day of instruction of the next semester (excluding summer.) If these criteria 
are met, the Dean will institute a formal procedure. 

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Each academic unit will have a standing committee of two tenured professors and two graduate level students to hear 
appeals of arbitrary and capricious grading. The appeal will be heard within the academic unit offering the course. If 
the instructor of the course is a member of the committee, that instructor will be replaced by an alternate designated 
by the Department Chairperson. 

Each written appeal is to be reviewed by the entire committee for a decision by the majority. The committee will either 
dismiss the appeal, or move it forward. Grounds for dismissal are: the student has submitted the same complaint to 
any other grievance procedure; the allegations, if true, would not constitute arbitrary and capricious grading; the 
appeal was not timely; or the informal process has not been exhausted. If the appeal is dismissed, the committee will 
notify the student in writing within ten days of the decision, and will include the reason or reasons for the dismissal. 

If the appeal is not dismissed, the committee will submit a copy of the appeal to the instructor. The instructor must 
reply in writing to the committee within ten days. If, based on the instructor's reply, the committee feels there is a 
viable solution, that solution should be pursued with the student and the instructor. If no solution is reached, the 
committee shall hold a fact-finding meeting with the student and the instructor. It is to be non-adversarial and 
informal, with neither party represented by an advocate. 

Witnesses may be asked to make statements to the committee if the committee is informed prior to the meeting. The 
meeting will not be open to the public. The committee will meet privately at the close of the fact-finding meeting to 
decide whether a majority believes the evidence supports the allegation of arbitrary and capricious grading beyond a 
reasonable doubt. The committee will notify the student, the instructor, and the Dean of the Graduate School of the 
decision in writing within five days of the meeting. 

The committee has the authority to take any action that it believes will bring about substantial justice, including but 
not limited to directing the instructor to grade the student's work anew, directing the instructor to administer a new 
final exam or paper, directing the cancellation of the student's registration in the course, and directing the award of a 
grade of "pass" in the course. The committee does not have the authority to assign a letter grade for the course or 
reprimand or take disciplinary action against the instructor. 

The decision of the committee is final, and binding on both parties. The decision may not be appealed to any other 
body within the University of Maryland or the University of Maryland System . 

The Dean of the Graduate School will be responsible for implementing the decision of the committee. 

Policy and Procedures for Appeals of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading of Doctoral Qualifying 

Examinations 

The University procedures for reviewing alleged arbitrary and capricious grading of doctoral qualifying examinations 
envision a multi-step process. (Qualifying examinations are defined as any examinations, oral or written, that are 
necessary, but not sufficient, for admission to candidacy for a graduate degree.) Prior to filing a formal written appeal, 
the student must engage in an informal attempt to resolve the problem directly with the Chair of the Examination 
Committee. The Graduate School 's Ombudsperson may be called upon to facilitate resolution if both parties agree. If 
these informal efforts fail, then the student may file a formal appeal to the Dean of the Graduate School. When such 
an appeal is received by the Graduate School, the Program will be notified and will receive a copy of the appeal 
letter. An Appeal Committee of faculty and students established by the Department/Program will then meet to 
conduct the formal appeal process. 

The formal appeal process consists of four phases. In the first phase, the Committee evaluates the student's written 
appeal and determines, according to certain established criteria, whether it should be dismissed on procedural 
grounds or whether the process should move forward to the next phase. In the second phase, the appeal is sent to 
the Chair of the Examination Committee for a written response. 

In the third phase, the Appeal Committee decides if there may be a viable informal solution and if so, pursues it with 
both the student and the graduate program. If the Appeal Committee does not feel that such an attempt would be 
feasible or if the effort is unsuccessful, the process moves to phase four, which is the fact-finding phase. 

In the fact-finding phase, the student, the graduate director, and a member of the examination committee meet with 
the Appeal Committee. Each party may make statements to the Appeal Committee and may call witnesses. This 

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phase, however, is both informal and non-adversarial, and neither side may be represented by an advocate. After 
hearing both sides, the Appeal Committee meets privately to consider the evidence and decide whether the evidence 
offered in support of the allegation of arbitrary and capricious grading is clear and convincing. If the Appeal 
Committee supports the allegation, it then has several options for resolving the issue. Whatever the decision of the 
Appeal Committee, it is binding on both parties and is final; i.e., it may not be appealed elsewhere in the University of 
Maryland or elsewhere within the University System of Maryland. 

Qualifying examinations are defined as any examinations, oral or written, that are necessary, but not sufficient, for 
admission to candidacy for a graduate degree. Arbitrary and capricious grading applies only to the grade assigned in 
a doctoral qualifying examination. Arbitrary and capricious grading is defined as any of the following: a) The 
assignment of a grade to a student on some basis other than performance in the qualifying examination; or b) the 
assignment of a qualifying examination grade to a student by an unreasonable application of standards different from 
standards that were applied to other doctoral students, where an objective comparison of students is possible; or c) 
the assignment of an examination grade by a substantial and unreasonable departure from the graduate program's or 
the Examination Committee's initially articulated standards or requirements for the doctoral qualifying examination. 

The Informal Appeal Process 

Before proceeding to a formal appeal, the student should contact the Chair of the Examination Committee and meet, 
at least once, at some mutually convenient time and place in an attempt to resolve the issue or issues. This meeting 
should take place within 10 campus business days of the Examination Committee Chair receiving the informal appeal 
from the student. Campus business days do not include Saturdays, Sundays, and official campus holidays. 

If the Examination Committee Chair has left the university, is on approved leave, or cannot be reached by the 
student, the student should contact the Department/Program Chair. The Department/Program Chair, or a faculty 
member designated by the Chair, will to attempt to resolve the issue. 

The Ombudsperson for Graduate Students and/or the Graduate Director may be called upon to facilitate resolution if 
both parties agree. 

The Formal Appeals Process 

If the informal process does not resolve the issue, the student must file a written appeal. The written appeal must be 
received by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School within 20 campus business days after the first day of 
instruction of the following semester. 

The deadline for appeals of a spring-semester examination, or an examination taken during either semester of 
summer session, is the 20th campus business day after the first day of instruction of the following fall 
semester. Appeals of a fall semester examination or a winter term examination must be made by the 20th campus 
business day after the first day of instruction of the following spring semester. 

The letter of appeal should contain the Examination Committee Chair(s) name, the Graduate Director(s) name, the 
date(s) of the examination, and an explanation of why the student believes the examination result was arbitrary and 
capricious, as defined by the policy. Any relevant supporting evidence should be included with the letter. 

Each Program should have a standing committee to hear appeals of arbitrary and capricious grading of doctoral 
qualifying examinations. The Appeal Committee may be the same committee formed within the Program to hear 
appeals of arbitrary and capricious course grades. This committee should generally be formed specifically for the 
purpose of hearing appeals of arbitrary and capricious grading and not a subcommittee of any other committee. The 
Appeal Committee should normally be appointed at the start of the academic year. The terms of its members should 
be for at least one academic year. 

The Appeal Committee should be composed of two tenured faculty and two graduate students appointed by the 
Graduate Director of the Program offering the course. In addition, the Dean of the College will appoint one additional 
member to the Appeal Committee who is a member of the Dean's Office staff and who is also a member of the 
Graduate Faculty. If no such person is available from the Dean's Office staff, the Dean will appoint a committee 
member from a Department/Program other than that of the appellant's Department/Program within the college. 



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No member of the student(s Examination Committee may also be a member of the Appeal Committee. In such a 
situation, a substitute member should be appointed by the Graduate Director. 

All actions of the Appeal Committee are by majority vote. In the event that the Appeal Committee, at any stage of the 
process, is unable to reach a majority decision, the Dean of the College or his/her designee, should cast the deciding 
vote. In the case of inter-college programs, the participating deans may decide which of them will have responsibility 
for casting the deciding vote. 

The Initial Evaluation Phase.. In this phase, the only task of the Appeal Committee is to review the letter of appeal 
to determine whether the appeal should be dismissed on procedural grounds or moved forward to the next phase. If 
any of the specified procedural grounds for dismissal are met, the appeal must be dismissed. The procedural 
grounds for dismissal are as follows: a) The student did not meet with the Examination Committee Chair to resolve 
the issue informally; or b) the appeal was not timely (i.e., it arrived later than the 20th campus business day after the 
first day of instruction of the following semester, as specified above); or c) the student has already submitted the 
same complaint through another grievance procedure; or d) the allegations, if true, would not constitute arbitrary and 
capricious grading of a qualifying examination. 

During this initial evaluation phase, the Appeal Committee should consider only the student's letter of appeal; it 
should not seek or consider comments or responses from the Examination Committee, or other faculty or students. 
During this initial evaluation phase, the Appeal Committee is not to decide the truth of the student's allegation(s); it 
should accept the student's allegations at face value (i.e., assume for the moment the allegations are true.) If, based 
on its evaluation of the student's letter of appeal, the Appeal Committee decides that one or more of the four 
procedural grounds for dismissal have been met, the Appeal Committee must dismiss the appeal and the process 
ends. The Appeal Committee Chair should notify the student, the Examination Committee Chair, the Graduate 
Director, and the Dean of the Graduate School in writing within 10 campus business days if the appeal is 
dismissed. The Appeal Committee Chair's letter should include the reasons for the dismissal. 

The Examination Committee's Response Phase. If the appeal is not dismissed, the Appeal Committee Chair 
should promptly submit a copy of the student's written appeal to the Chair of the Examination Committee with a copy 
to the Dean of the Graduate School . The Chair of the Examination Committee should submit a written response to 
the Appeal Committee Chair within 10 campus business days of receiving the appeal. 

The Dispute Resolution Phase. If, after reviewing the Examination Committee's response, the Appeal Committee 
feels that a solution may be possible, the Appeal Committee should meet with the student and the Examination 
Committee, separately and/or jointly, to attempt to resolve the dispute. The dispute resolution phase should not 
generally have a duration longer than 30 calendar days from receipt of the Examination Committee's written 
response, unless both Committee Chairs agree in writing to continue for a further, brief, specified period. If the Appeal 
Committee's resolution efforts are successful, both Committee Chairs should sign a memorandum that states the 
agreed-upon solution. A copy of this memorandum should be placed in the student's file in the Department/Program 
and a copy should be sent to the Graduate School and to the student. If resolution by the Appeal Committee either is 
not attempted or is unsuccessful, the Department/Program Chair, the Graduate Director, the Examination Committee 
Chair, and the Dean of the Graduate School should be promptly notified, and the process advances to the fact-finding 
phase. 

The Fact-Finding Phase. If a solution is not attempted or is not reached through dispute resolution, the fact-finding 
meeting should be held promptly thereafter. In addition to the Appeal Committee members, the student and the 
Chair of the Examining Committee should be in attendance. Either party may invite witnesses to give evidence if the 
Appeal Committee Chair is notified prior to the meeting. The Chair of the Appeal Committee should generally be 
given at least 24 hours advance notice of the intention to call witnesses. During the fact-finding meeting, both the 
student and the Examining Committee Chair may present statements, oral or written, to the Appeal Committee as 
well as other documentation to support their positions. Neither party may be represented by an advocate of any 
kind. The meeting will not be open to the public. The Graduate School may send an administrator to observe the 
proceedings, but this observer should not participate substantively in the proceedings themselves. The meeting is 
to be both informal and non-adversarial; its purpose is to determine the relevant facts in the matter. At the close of 
the fact-finding meeting, the Appeal Committee will meet privately to consider the evidence presented. If the majority 
of the Appeal Committee believes that the student has not provided clear and convincing evidence of the allegation of 
arbitrary and capricious grading of a qualifying examination as defined above, the appeal must be denied. If the 
majority of the Appeal Committee believes that there is clear and convincing evidence that supports the allegation of 
arbitrary and capricious grading, the Appeal Committee will decide which of the various actions within its authority 
(see below) should be taken. The Appeal Committee Chair should notify the student, the Department/Program Chair, 

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the Examining Committee Chair, the Graduate Director, and the Dean of the Graduate School in writing of the Appeal 
Committee's decision on the appeal within five campus business days after conclusion of the fact-finding meeting. 

The Authority of the Appeal Committee. The Appeal Committee generally has the authority to take any action it 
believes will bring about substantial justice, except a) it may not direct that a passing grade for the qualifying 
examination be assigned for the student; and b) it may not reprimand or take disciplinary action against the 
Examination Committee or any of its members. 

The following is a list of possible actions that the Appeal Committee may take. The list is not exhaustive; the Appeal 
Committee may take other appropriate actions in order to achieve what it believes to be substantial justice, a) The 
Appeal Committee may direct the Department/Program that the examination be re-graded by a new Examination 
Committee from within the Program, b) The Appeal Committee may direct the Program that the examination be re- 
graded by a new Examination Committee from outside the Program, c) The Examination Committee may be directed 
to administer a new examination, d) The Appeal Committee may direct that a new Examination Committee be formed 
from within the Department/Program which will administer and grade an entirely new examination, e) The 
composition of the new Examination Committee will be determined by the Appeal Committee in accordance with the 
prevailing rules of the Program. At the discretion of the Appeal Committee, the new Examination Committee may 
have one of its members from outside of the University of Maryland . f) In the event that the qualifying examination 
was an oral examination, a new oral examination must be administered. In the event of a combined written/oral 
qualifying examination, a new oral portion must be administered. The Appeal Committee may direct that this new 
examination be administered by an Examination Committee that consists of some or all members of the original 
Examination Committee or an entirely new committee. 

The Appeal Committee's Decision. The decision of the Appeal Committee is final and binding on both parties. The 
decision may not be appealed to any other body within the University of Maryland or within the University System of 
Maryland. If, as a result of this appeals process, the student's advisor no longer wishes to advise the student, the 
Graduate Director will act as the student's temporary advisor for a period of not more than six months to allow the 
student time to find a new advisor. If the Graduate Director is a member of the Examination Committee, this 
assignment will be carried out by the Department/Program Chair. 

Implementation of the Appeal Committee's Decision. The Director of Graduate Studies and the 
Department/Program Chair will be responsible to the Dean of the Graduate School for implementing the decision of 
the Appeal Committee. 

Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Policy 

The University of Maryland Graduate Student Parental Accommodation Policy provides a period of up to six (6) 
weeks during which new parents may postpone completion of academic requirements. It is intended to provide 
graduate students with an opportunity to integrate the challenges of new parenthood with the demands of graduate- 
level training, scholarship, and research. In addition to providing support to young families, this policy seeks to reduce 
attrition and improve time to degree for students who become parents. 

The Parental Accommodation Policy is not a leave of absence. This policy allows students to maintain status as full- 
time, registered graduate students, and thus be eligible for the rights and privileges of registered students (e.g., 
access to University resources) while adjusting to their new familial obligations. 

During this parental accommodation period, eligible students will continue to be enrolled as fulltime graduate students 
and will continue to pay tuition and fees. Students also will be expected to keep the lines of communication with their 
departments open and demonstrate to their advisors that they are academically engaged and making progress in 
coursework and research, though perhaps at a slower pace. 

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible to apply for the benefits of the Parental Accommodation Policy, a new parent must (1 ) 
have been enrolled full-time for at least one full semester in a graduate program at the University, (2) be enrolled full- 
time at the time of application, (3) be in good academic standing, and (4) be making satisfactory progress toward 
degree. Any parent (regardless of gender) is eligible to apply. 

In the event that both parents are eligible, each is individually entitled to a Parental Accommodation period of up to 
six (6) weeks. This Parental Accommodation period may be taken concurrently with or consecutively to the Parental 

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Accommodation period taken by the other parent, with or without some overlap. The total combined Parental 
Accommodation period for both parents, however, may not exceed 12 weeks and must conclude 12 weeks following 
the child's birth or adoption. 

ACCOMMODATION: Approval of a student's application for a period of Parental Accommodation allows the student, 
assuming the prior agreement of instructors, advisor, and academic program, to modify deadlines and academic 
expectations to accommodate the student's new parental responsibilities. Students may be able to postpone 
completion of course assignments, examinations, and other academic requirements for a period of up to six (6) 
weeks. Students who will be enrolled in courses during the accommodation period must meet with their instructors to 
develop a written plan as to how they will satisfactorily complete the course(s). These plans must be approved and 
signed by the instructor(s) and submitted as part of the Parental Accommodation Application form. At the end of the 
accommodation period, students are expected to return to graduate study and resume progress toward completion of 
their degree. Deadlines with regard to time to degree, time to candidacy, time to comprehensive or qualifying exams, 
etc. will be extended one semester per childbirth or adoption, upon the request of the student. The total additional 
time granted for the extension of any deadlines as a result of the student's use of the Parental Accommodation 
Policy, however, cannot exceed a maximum period of one (1) year, regardless of the number of births or adoptions, 
or the number of times the student invokes the Parental Accommodation Policy. 

The period of Parental Accommodation begins immediately upon the birth or adoption; must be taken in a 
consecutive block of time; and cannot extend beyond six (6) weeks. The student may not divide the accommodation 
period into separate periods or defer the accommodation period beyond this time limit. In the event of simultaneous 
multiple births or adoptions, the maximum Parental Accommodation period for which a student is eligible with respect 
to that event remains six (6) weeks. 

APPLICATION: At least eight (8) weeks prior to the anticipated birth or adoption, students must submit a written 
application for Parental Accommodation signed by the Faculty Advisor, Director of Graduate Studies, and the Chair of 
their academic department, to the Graduate School. (In unusual or extraordinary circumstances, the Graduate School 
may accept applications with less than eight week's notice.) 

Written plans to complete coursework, signed by the student and the instructor, must be provided for each course in 
which the student will be enrolled during the accommodation period. The discretion to provide an accommodation that 
allows a student to be away from the classroom for six weeks rests with the individual course instructor. Faculty are 
strongly encouraged to work with students to develop an accommodation that permits the student to fulfill academic 
coursework requirements while benefitting from a period of parental accommodation, and that also maintains fairness 
with regard to other students. In some cases such an accommodation may not be feasible. In such cases, faculty 
should provide a written explanation to the department's Director of Graduate Studies as to why the accommodation 
is not possible, and students should adjust their class schedules accordingly. 

The Dean of the Graduate School will review the request and notify the student and the student's academic program 
if the request for a period of Parental Accommodation has been approved. The Graduate School will coordinate with 
academic programs to make appropriate adjustments to the student's deadlines and records. Retroactive requests 
will not be considered. A copy of the application form is attached. 

International students should discuss plans with the Office of International Services as soon as possible in order to 
identify and address proactively any individual or unique visa issues and/or to consider the latest applicable 
regulations. The intent of this policy is to permit all students to maintain their status as full-time, enrolled students 
during this period of accommodation. Medical complications, prior to or following the birth, are not covered by this 
policy. If a student is not able to return at the end of the period of accommodation, s/he should consider applying for a 
Leave of Absence. See the Graduate School's registration policy for more information. 



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Chapter 17: Graduate School Services 

Ombudsperson for Graduate Students 

The Ombuds Office for Graduate Students seeks to ensure that the graduate student voice is heard and that 
problems receive impartial attention. The Ombuds Office is available to all graduate students with questions or 
concerns related to their graduate experience. The Ombuds Office provides confidential, informal, and independent 
assistance to resolve conflicts, and promotes fair and equitable treatment within the University. The office can be 
reached at 2103 Lee Building , 301-405-3132, http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/ombuds. 

The Office of Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity (OGRRD) 

The Office of Graduate Recruitment, Retention and Diversity (OGRRD) is dedicated to fostering a supportive 
University environment for graduate students from under-represented minority groups, for graduate students who are 
women, and for graduate students with disabilities. The Office's programs and services serve to attract new students, 
to build a collaborative and cooperative community, and to promote professional development among graduate 
students to ensure academic success. Its initiatives include, but are not limited to: conducting student recruitment 
activities, including a campus visitation weekend, summer undergraduate research programs, and faculty partner 
programs; building a supportive community by providing an arena for discussion groups on a variety of relevant 
topics, conducting research symposia, sponsoring an annual team-building retreat, supporting a viable one-on-one 
peer mentoring program, and supporting graduate student organizations; sponsoring programs and activities 
designed to foster professional development, including workshops and seminars on academic and research skills, 
participation at scientific meetings, preparing for the professoriate and other careers, and hosting on-campus 
scientific presentations and a minority professional seminar series. In addition to its own initiatives, the Office works 
with the University's various colleges and departments to serve the needs of a diverse student body. 

Graduate Legal Aid Office 

The Graduate Legal Aid Office provides free legal advice, referrals, and assistance to currently registered University 
of Maryland graduate students. Staff members give general legal advice on a wide variety of matters, including 
landlord-tenant issues, consumer problems, traffic accidents, uncontested divorces, and University-related matters. 
The Office provides direct legal assistance in routine matters, but cannot sue on behalf of students or represent them 
in court. The Office is staffed eight hours a week for student interviews; staff members see students on a walk-in 
basis and by appointment. Walk-in and appointment schedules are posted on the Office door. The Office cannot 
handle disputes between graduate students (though the Ombudsperson for Graduate Students may be consulted for 
assistance in these disputes) and does not provide emergency services. 

English Editing for International Graduate Students 

The English Editing for International Graduate Students (EEIGS) program, operating under the aegis of the Graduate 
School 's Office of Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity, offers editing services for international graduate students 
who must present required seminar papers, theses and dissertations in English. This program is staffed by volunteers 
from the University's "Retired Volunteer Service Corps" and the Golden I. D. Group, and by volunteers from other 
University and non-University sources. These services are free. 



The EEIGS program operates as follows: 

• The names and telephone numbers of volunteer editors on whom students may call may be obtained by 
calling the Graduate School at 301 -405-41 83. 

• The student will be responsible for contacting a volunteer editor to arrange for the editing services. If an 
arrangement does not work out satisfactorily, either the student or the volunteer editor may discontinue it. 
The student may then seek another volunteer editor. 

• The student should allow a reasonable amount of time for the editing services. Documents cannot be edited 
on very short notice. 

• Editing services are expected to take place on the University of Maryland campus. The student will be 

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responsible for finding working space (for example, an empty classroom or office in the student's 
department). 
• The student is expected to inform the Director of Graduate Studies of the department in which he or she is 
majoring about the aid being received through this program. 

Graduate students and other members of the University of Maryland community may also offer English language 
services for a fee. Graduate students in the Department of English who are available for this service, for example, 
can be contacted through the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, 3101 Susquehanna Hall. 

Health Insurance 

Because the service provided by the Health Center is limited and many students do not have adequate health 
insurance coverage, a voluntary group insurance policy (MAMSI) is available to graduate students. This policy 
provides benefits at reasonable rates for hospital, surgery, emergency, laboratory, and x-ray services; some 
coverage for mental health; and contains a major hospital provision. Students may elect to have family coverage. For 
additional information and application forms, visit the following website: http://www.mamsi.eom/d/m/umd/index.jsp . 



Teaching, research, and graduate assistants are also eligible for the State Employee Insurance Plan options. Further 
information can be obtained from the student's graduate program payroll and benefits coordinator or the University 
Human Relations' Benefits Office: http://www.uhr.umd.edu/benefits/benefits2001/benefits2001.htm 

Graduate fellows can apply for health insurance coverage through MAMSI. Effective Fall Semester 2005, the 
Graduate School will provide a reimbursement of 50% of the MAMSI insurance premium for individual coverage to 
full-time graduate students who are supported on full fellowships funded by the Graduate School through the block 
grant program. Subsidy of coverage for dependents will not be available. Funding for fellows' health insurance 
reimbursement is limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. To obtain more information, go to the 
following website: http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/Fellowship/insurance.htm . 

Promise 

Promise - Maryland's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate: This office supports activities and 
programming to enhance community and provide preparation for the professoriate in science, technology, 
engineering and mathematics (STEM) and all other University programs. 



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Chapter 18: Other University Services 



Bursar : Student account information. 

Career Center : On and off -campus employment, assistantships, career information, TERP Online database. 

Commuter Affairs , Office of: Commuter information, off-campus housing, community service, Shuttle UM 

Dining Services: Dining rooms, restaurants, and eateries can be found in over 35 different locations across campus. 

Disability Support Services : provides and coordinates direct services and assistance for students, faculty, staff, and 
University visitors with disabilities. 

Graduate Student Housing : administered by the Vice President for Student Affairs. For information about graduate 
housing in close proximity to the University, write or call the Office of Resident Life, or e-mail grad-housing @ smc- 
grad-housing.com , or refer to the website at www.smc-grad-housing.com . 

Human Relations Programs, Office of : Provides leadership on issues dealing with sexual harassment, affirmative 
action, recruitment, retention, race relations, conflict management, teaching effectiveness and organizational 
development to the entire University community. 

Information Technology, Division of: E-mail accounts, dial-in access, helpdesk, other computer-related information. 

Libraries , University of Maryland: General library information, including online catalogs, electronic databases, and 
collection information. 

Ombudsperson for Graduate Students : Provides confidential support for the solution of problems facing graduate 
students. 

Department of Transportation ,: Permits, regulations, ticketing, meter, and lot information. 

Recreation Services , Campus: Intramurals, non-credit instruction, facilities, University programs. 

Residency Classification Office : Information on in-state / out of state tuition, obtaining Maryland residency, 
petitions, problems. 

Resident Life : On-campus housing information. 

Technology Commercialization, Office of: Office responsible for the protection, marketing, and licensing of 
University intellectual property. 

Terrapin Trader : University warehouse of surplus goods - computers, furniture, other equipment. 

Travel Services : Provides travel policy clarification and information about service providers and discounts; 
facilitates procurement of travel and expense reconciliation processing. 

University Book Center : Textbook information, hours, location. 



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Chapter 19: University Publications 

The Graduate Catalog: This document lists the policies of the University of Maryland on all aspects of graduate 
education; it also lists graduate program information, courses approved for graduate credit, and all current members 
of the graduate faculty. It is available at http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog . 

Departmental Brochures: Small brochures describing many of the departments and programs at the University of 
Maryland are available free of charge. 

Schedule of Classes: The Schedule of Classes lists course offerings, class times, and room assignments, registration 
dates and procedures, deadlines, fees, and general information. The schedule is published four times a year, twice 
each semester. The first edition is available prior to early registration for the spring and fall semesters. The second 
edition, published a few weeks before the beginning of each semester, updates course offerings and registration 
procedures. The schedule is available to all students free of charge and can be picked up at the Mitchell Building, 
Stamp Student Union, Hornbake Library and McKeldin Library. An online version is available at 
http://www.testudo.umd.edu/ . 

Graduate Application Booklet: For those unable to complete the Online Graduate Application 
( http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions) , a PDF version of the Application and Instructions is available from 
the Graduate School. 

Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide: This manual contains the instructions for preparation of theses and 
dissertations. It is available on the web at http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/etd. 

World Wide Web: Visit the University of Maryland homepage, located at http://www.umd.edu . A vast amount of 
information is available on-line from websites maintained by University offices. Most resources can be accessed or 
linked through: The Graduate School: http://www.gradschool.umd.edu or through Testudo (Administrative 
Services): http://www.testudo.umd.edu. 



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Chapter 20: Academic Resources in the College Park, MD Area 



American Association of University Women 
1111 Sixteenth St. N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036 
http://www.aauw.org/ 

American Council on Education's 

Office of Women in Higher Education 

One Dupont Circle NW 

Washington, DC 20036 

http://www.acenet.edu/programs/owhe/home.cfm 

American Psychological Association 
750 First Street, NE, 
Washington, DC 20002-4242 
http://www.apa.org 

American Psychological Society 

1010 Vermont Avenue, NW 

Suite 1 100 

Washington, DC 20005-4907 

http://www.psychologicalscience.org/ 

American Visionary Art Museum 
800 Key Highway 
Baltimore, MD 21230-3940 
http://www.avam.org 

Arena Stage 1 101 
Sixth Street, SW 
Washington, DC 20024 
http://www.arenastage.org/ 

Air Force Office of Scientific Research 
4015 Wilson Boulevard, Room 713 
Arlington, VA 22203-1954 
http://www.afosr.af.mil/ 

Army Aberdeen Test Center 

STECS-AC 

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5059 

http://www.atc.army.mil 

Army Center for Environmental Health Research 

568 Doughten Drive 

Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702-5010 

http://usacehr.detrick.army.mil/deptox/default.htm 

Army CERDEC Night Vision and Electronic Sensors 

10211 BurbeckRoad 

Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5806 

http://www.nvl.armv.mil/ 

Army Edgewood CB Center 

AMSSB-RAS-C 

5183 Blackhawk Road 

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5424 

http://www.federallabs.org/servlet/FLCltemDisplayServlet '?wrtemID=2 

003-09-10-1 1-27-41-890-Item 

Army Institute for Water Resources 
7701 Telegraph Road 
Alexandria, V A 223 15 
http://www.iwr.usace.armv.mil/ 

Army Medical Research and Development 

MCMR-JA, Building 525 

Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5012 

http://www.federallabs.org/servlet/FLCLPRODisplayServlet7wLPROI 

D=1052 

Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical 
USAMRICD 



ATTN MCMR-UV-ZM 

3 100 Ricketts Point Road 

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400 

https://ccc.apgea.army.mil/contact us.htm 

Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases 

MCMR-UIZ-D 

1425 Porter Street 

Frederick, MD 21702-5011 

http://www.usamriid.army.mil/ 

Army Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Sciences 
25 1 1 Jefferson Davis Highway 
Arlington, VA 22202-3926 
http://www.hqda.army.mil/ari/ 

Army Research Laboratory — APG Site 

AMSRL-CS-TT 

Building 433 

Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5425 

http://www.arl.army.mil/main/Main/default.cfm 

Army Research Laboratory — Weapons and Materials 
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5059 
http://www.arl.army.mil/wmrd/ 

Army Research Laboratory — Sensors, Signal 

AMSRL-CS-TT 

2800 Powder Mill Road 

Adelphi, MD 20783-1 197 

Army Test & Evaluation Command 

Public Affairs Office 

US Army Test and Evaluation Command 

4501 Ford Ave. 

Alexandria, VA 22302-1458 

http://www.atec.army.mil/index.htm 

Audacity Laboratories 

Central Intelligence Agency 

13055 Park Crescent Circle 

Herndon, VA 20171 

http://www.federallabs.org/servlet/FLCLPRODisplayServlet7wLPROI 

D=1107 

Baltimore Museum of Art 
10 Art Museum Drive 
Baltimore, MD 21218-3898 
http://artbma.org/home.html 

The Brookings Institution 
1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW 
Washington, DC 20036 
http://www.brook.edu/ 

Business and Professional Women's Foundation 
1900 M Street, NW, Suite 310 
Washington, D.C. 20036 
http ://www .bpwu sa.org/ 

Central Intelligence Agency 
Directorate of Science and Technology 
http://www.cia.gov/cia/dst/home.html 

Center for Hellenic Studies 
3 100 Whitehaven Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20008 
http://www.chs.harvard.edu/ 

Center for Policy Alternatives 

1875 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 710 



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Washington, DC 20009 
http://www.cfpa.org/ 

Center for Women's Policy Studies 
1211 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 312 
Washington, D.C. 20036 
http://www.centerwomenpolicy.org/ 

Centers for Commercial Development of Space 
300 E Street, S.W. Code CU 
Washington, DC 20546 

http://www.nasa.gov 

The Contemporary Museum 
100 W.Centre Street 
Baltimore, Maryland 21201 
http://www.contemporary.org 

Corcoran Gallery 
500 17th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20006 
http://www.corcoran.org/ 

Council on Foreign Relations 
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036 
http ://w w w .cfr. org/ 

David Taylor Research Center 
2013 Admiral Melville Circle 
Annapolis, MD 21402 

Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) 
3701 North Fairfax Drive 
Arlington, VA 22203-1714 
http://www.darpa.mil/index.html 

Defense Technical Information Center 
8725 John J. Kingman Road 
Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-6218 
http://www.dtic.mil/ 

Dumbarton Oaks Library 
1703 32nd Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20007 
http://www.doaks.org/ 

Federal Bureau of Investigation, FSRTC 
Building 12 FBI Academy 
Quantico, VA 22135 
http://www.fbi.gov 

Federal Theatre Project Archives 

C-201 Fenwick Library at George Mason University 

Fairfax, Virginia Campus 

http://www.gmu.edu/library/specialcollections/federal.html 

Feminist Majority Foundation 
1600 Wilson Blvd. Suite 801 
Arlington, VA 22209 
http ://w ww .feminist . org/ 

Folger Institute 

201 East Capitol Street, SE 

Washington, DC 20003-1094 

http://www.folger.edu/institute/ 

Folger Shakespeare Library 
201 East Capitol Street, SE 
Washington, DC 20003-1094 
http://www.folger.edu/Home_02B.html 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
5600 Fishers Lane 



Rockville, Maryland 20857 
http:///www.fda.gov 

Beltsville Agriculture Research Center (BARC) 
10300 Baltimore Avenue 
Beltsville, Maryland 20705 
http://www.ba.ars.usda.gov/ 

FDA Center for Biologies Evaluation and Research 
1401 Rockville Pike 
Suite 200 N (HFM-40) 
Rockville, MD 20852-1448 
http://www.fda.gov/cber/ 

FDA Center for Devices & Radiological Health 
FDA/CDRH/OCER/DSMICA (HFZ-220) 
1350 Piccard Drive 
Rockville, MD 20850-4307 U.S.A. 

http://www.fda.gov/cdrh/ 

FDA Life Sciences Laboratory 
5600 Fishers Lane 
Rockville, MD 20857 

FDA Center for Biologies Evaluation and Research 

HSM-44 

11400 Rockville Pike 

Rockville, MD 20852 

FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine 
Communications Staff 
7519 Standish Place, HFV-12 
Rockville, Maryland 20855 
http://www.fda.gov/cvm/default.html 

FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition 
5 100 Paint Branch Parkway 
College Park, MD 20740 
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/list.html 

Ford's Theatre 

511 10th Street, NW 

Washington, DC 20004 

http://www.fordstheatre.org/ 

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery 
Smithsonian Institution 
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 707 
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 
http://www.asia.si.edu/ 

General Federation of Women's Clubs 
1734 N Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20036 
http ://w w w . gfwc .org/ 

George Meany Center for Labor Studies 
10000 New Hampshire Avenue 
Silver Spring, MD 20903 

http://www.georgemeany.org/ 

Hirshhorn Gallery and Sculpture Garden 
PO Box 37012 
Washington, DC 20013-7012 
http://hirshhorn.si.edu/ 

Institute for Women's Policy Research 
1707 L Street, NW, Suite 750 
Washington, DC 20036 
http://www.iwpr.org/ 

International Center for Research on Women 
1717 Massachusetts Ave. NW 
Suite 302 



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Washington, DC 20036 
http://www.icrw.org/ 

International Monetary Fund 
700 19 th St. NW 
Washington, DC 20431 
http://www.imf.org 

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
2700 F Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20566 

http://www.kennedy-center.org/ 

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory 
1 1 100 Johns Hopkins Road 
Laurel, MD 20723-6099 
http://www.jhuapl.edu/ 

Library of Congress 
101 Independence Ave, SE 
Washington, DC 20540 
http://www.loc.gov 

Marine Corps System Commands 
2008 Elliot Road 
Quantico,VA 22134-5030 
http://www.hqmc.usmc.mil/hqmcmain.nsf/frontpage 

The Maryland Science Center 
601 Light Street 
Baltimore, MD 21230 
http://www.mdsci.org 

Museum of African Art 
Smithsonian Institution 
MRC 708, P.O. Box 37012 
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 
http://www.nmafa.si.edu/default.htm 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration 
Goddard Space Flight Center 
Code 130, Office of Public Affairs 
Greenbelt,MD 20771 

http://www.gsfc.nasa.gov/ 

The National Aquarium in Baltimore 
501 E.Pratt St 
Baltimore, MD 21202 
http://www.aqua.org 

National Archives and Records Administration 
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20408 

http://www.archives.gov/ 

National Archives at College Park (Archives II) 

8601 Adelphi Road 

College Park, MD 20740-6001 

http://www.archives.gov/facilities/md/archives_2.html 

National Defense University 
Fort Lesley J. McNair 
Washington, DC 20319-5066 
http://www.ndu.edu/ 

National Endowment for the Arts 
1 100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 
Washington, DC 20506 

http://www.nea.gov 

National Endowment for the Humanities 
1 100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW 
Washington, DC 20506 
http://www.neh.gov 



National Gallery of Art 

National Mall between Third and Seventh Streets at Constitution 

Avenue, NW 

http://www.nga.gov/ 

National Gallery's Center for the Advanced Study of Visual Arts 
http://www.nga.gov/resources/casva.htm 

National Geographic Society 
1145 17thSt.N.W. 
Washington, DC 20036 
http://www.nationalgeographic.com 

National Geospatial Intelligence Agency 
National Imaging and Mapping Agency 
4600 Sangamore Road 
Bethesda, MD 20816-5003 
http://www.nima.mil/portal/site/nga01/ 

National Institutes of Health 
9000 Rockville Pike 
Bethesda, Maryland 20892 
http ://w w w .nih . gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 
National Eye Institute 
31 Center Drive MSC 25 10 
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510 
http://www.nei.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute 

Building 31, Room 5A52 

31 Center Drive MSC 2486 

Bethesda, MD 20892 

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/index.htm 

National Institutes of Health 

John E. Fogarty International Center 

Building 31, Rm B2C29 

3 1 Center Drive MSC 2220 

Bethesda, MD 20892-2220 

http://www.fic.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 
National Cancer Institute 
6116 Executive Blvd., Ste. 3036A 
Bethesda, MD 20892-8322 
http://www.nci.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine 

NCCAM Clearinghouse 

P.O. Box 7923 

Gaithersburg, MD 20898 

http://nccam.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Center for Research Resources 

One Democracy Plaza, 9th Floor 

6701 Democracy Boulevard, MSC 4874 

Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 

http ://w w w .ncrr.nih. gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Center on Minority Health & Health 

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 800 

MSC-5465 

Bethesda, MD 20892-5465 

http://www.ncmhd.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Human Genome Research Institute 

Building 31, Room 4B09 

31CenterDrive,MSC2152 



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9000 Rockville Pike 
Bethesda,MD 20892-2152 
http://www.genome.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases 

NIAID Office of Communications & Public Liaison 

6610 Rockledge Drive, MSC 6612 

Bethesda, MD 20892-6612 

http://www.niaid.nih.gov/default.htm 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute of Allergy Arthritis & Musculosketal & Skin 

Diseases 

Information Clearinghouse 

National Institutes of Health 

1 AMS Circle 

Bethesda, Maryland 20892-3675 

http://www.niams.nih.gov/index.htm 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering 

6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 202 

Bethesda, MD 20892-5477 

http://www.nibib.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute of Child Health & Human Development 

P.O. Box 3006 

Rockville, MD 20847 

http://www.nichd.nih.gov/default.htm 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research 

Bethesda, MD 20892-2190 

http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases 

Office of Communications and Public Liaison 

NIDDK, NIH, Building 31, room 9A04 

Center Drive, MSC 2560 

Bethesda, MD 20892-2560 

http://www.niddk.nih.gov/index.htm 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute of General Medical Sciences 

45 Center Drive MSC 6200 

Bethesda, MD 20892-6200 

http://www.nigms.nih.gov/ 

National Institute of Mental Health 

Office of Communications 

6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663 

Bethesda, MD 20892-9663 

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/nimhhome/index.cfm 

National Institutes of Health 
National Institute of Nursing Research 
31 Center Drive, Room 5B-10 
Bethesda, MD 20892-2178 
http://ninr.nih.gov/ninr/index.html 

National Institutes of Health 
National Institute on Aging 
Building 31, Room 5C27 
31 Center Drive, MSC 2292 
Bethesda, MD 20892 
http://www.nia.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism 

5635 Fishers Lane, MSC 9304 

Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304 

http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ 



National Institutes of Health 

National Institute on Deafness & Other Communication Disorders 

3 1 Center Drive, MSC 2320 

Bethesda, MD USA 20892-2320 

http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 
National Institute on Drug Abuse 
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5213 
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561 
http://www.drugabuse.gov/NlDAHome.html 

National Institutes of Health 

National Institute on Environmental Health Sciences 

Building 31, Room B1C02 

31 Center Drive MSC 2256 

Bethesda, MD USA 20892 

http://www.niehs.nih.gov/home.htm 

National Institutes of Health 
National Library of Medicine 
8600 Rockville Pike 
Bethesda, MD 20894 
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 
Center for Information Technology 
10401 Fern wood Road 
Bethesda, Maryland 20817 
http://www.cit.nih.gOv/home.asp# 

National Institutes of Health 
Center for Scientific Review 
6701 Rockledge Drive 
Bethesda, MD 20892 
http://www.drg.nih.gov/ 

National Institutes of Health 
Office of AIDS Research 
Building 2, Room 4W13 
Bethesda, MD 20892 
http ://w w w .nih . gov/od/oar/ 

National Institutes of Health 

Office of Research on Women's Health 

http://www4.od.nih.gov/orwh/ 

National Institutes of Health 

Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center 

6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3001 

Bethesda, MD 20892-7511 

http://www.nih.gov/about/almanac/organization/CC.htm 

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 3460 
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-3460 
http://www.nist.gov/ 

Building and Fire Research Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8600 

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8600 

http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/ 

Chemical Science & Technology Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8300 

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8300 

http://www.cstl.nist.gov/ 

Electronics & Electrical Engineering Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, M/S 8100 



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Gaithersburg, MD 20899-81 10 
http ://www.eeel.nist. gov/ 

Fire Research Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8600 

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8600 

http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/866/frd.htm 

Information Technology Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8900 

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8900 

http://www.itl.nist.gov/ 

Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8200 

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8200 

http://www.mel.nist.gov/ 

Materials Science & Engineering Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8500 

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8500 

http://www.msel.nist.gov/ 

NIST Technology Service 
100 Bureau Drive, Stop 200 
Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2000 
http://ts.nist.gov/ 

Physics Laboratory 

NIST 

100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8400 

Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8400 

http://physics.nist.gov/ 

National Museum of Women in the Arts 
1250 New York Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, DC 20005-3970 
http://www.nmwa.org/ 

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 
14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW 
Room 6217 

Washington, DC 20230 
http ://www .noaa. gov 

NOAA 

Center for Coastal Monitoring & Assessment 

1305 East- West Highway, Room 10110 

Silver Spring, MD 20910 

http://ccma.nos.noaa.gov/welcome.html 

NOAA 

Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services 

1305 East- West Highway 

Silver Spring, MD 20910-3281 

http://co-ops.nos.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

Chesapeake Bay Office 

410 Severn Ave, Suite 107 

Annapolis, MD 21403 

http://noaa.chesapeakebay.net/ 

NOAA 

Cooperative Oxford Laboratory 

904 South Morris Street 

Oxford, MD 21654-1323 

http://www.chbr.noaa.gov/CooperativeOxfordLaboratory.html 

NOAA 

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science 



1305 East-West Highway, Room 13501 
Silver Spring, MD 20910 
http://www.nccos.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

National Centers for Environmental Prediction 

5200 Auth Road 

Camp Springs, MD 20746 

http://www.ncep.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service 

1335 East-West Highway, SSMC1, Room 7216 

Silver Spring, MD 20910 

http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

National Weather Service 
1325 East-West Highway 
Silver Spring, MD 20910 
http ://www .nws .noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

Office of Global Programs 

14th and Constitution Avenue N.W. 

Washington, D.C. 20230 

http://www.ogp.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

Undersea Research Program 
1315 East-West Highway 
Silver Spring, MD 20910 
http://www.nurp.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

Office of Coast Survey 

1315 East-West Highway 

Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282 

http://chartmaker.ncd.noaa.gov/ 

NOAA 

Office of Research and Technology Applications 
1335 East-West Highway, SSMC-1, Room 106 
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3284 
http://www.oarhq.noaa.gov/OSS ORTA.html 

NOAA 

Air Resources Laboratory 
1315 East-West Highway 
Silver Spring, MD 20910 
http://www.arl.noaa.gov/ 

National Organization for Women 
1 100 H St NW, 3rd floor 
Washington, D.C. 20005 
http://www.now.org/index.html 

National Reconnaissance Office 
14675 Lee Road 
Chantilly, VA 20151-1715 
http://www.nro.gov/ 

National Science Foundation 
4201 Wilson Boulevard 
Arlington, VA 22230 
http://www.nsf.gov/ 

National Theatre 

The National Theatre 

1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW 

Washington DC 20004 

http://www.nationaltheatre.org/ 

National Women's Law Center 
1 1 Dupont Circle, NW, #800 



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Washington, D.C. 20036 

http://www.nwlc.org/ 

The Nature Conservancy 

4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100 

Arlington, VA 22203-1606 

http://www.nature.org 

Naval Air Warfare Center — Aircraft Division 

Business Development Team 

Bldg 304, Unit 10 

22541 Millstone Road 

Patuxent River, MD 20670-5304 

http://www.nawcad.navy.mil/index.cfm 

Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology 

Code 50 

2008 Stump Neck Road 

Indian Head, MD 20640-5070 

https://naveodtechdiv.navsea.navy.mil/ 

Science, Engineering 

Naval Information Warfare Activity (NIWA) 

Fort Meade, MD 

http://www.fas.org/irp/agencv/navsecgru/niwa/ 

Naval Medical Research Center 
503 Robert Grant Avenue 
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 
http://www.nmrc.navy.mil/ 

Naval Research Laboratory 
4555 Overlook Avenue, SW 
Washington, DC 20375 
http://www.nrl.navy.mil/ 

Naval Sea Systems Command 
1333 Isaac Hull Avenue, SE 
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20376 
http://www.navsea.navy.mil/ 

Naval Surface Warfare Center — Carderock Division 

9500 MacArthur Blvd. 

West Bethesda, MD 20817-5700 

http://www.dt.navy.mil/ 

Naval Surface Warfare Center — Indian Head 

101 Strauss Avenue 

Indian Head, MD 20640-5035 

http://www.ih.navy.mil/ 

Naval Surface Warfare Center — Dahlgren Laboratory 
17320 Dahlgren Road 
Dahlgren, VA 22448-5100 

http://www.nswc.navy.mil/ 

Nuclear Regulatory Commission 

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Public Affairs 

Washington, D.C. 20555 

http://www.nrc.gov/ 

Office of Naval Research 
800 North Quincy Street 
Arlington, VA 22217-5660 
http://www.onr.navy.mil/default.asp 

Olney Theatre Center 

2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road 

Olney, MD 20832 

http://www.olneytheatre.org/ 

Phillips Collection 
1600 21st Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20009 
http://www.phillipscollection.org/ 



The Rand Corporation 
Washington Office 
Bruce Hoffman, Director 
1200 South Hayes Street 
Arlington VA 22202-5050 
http://www.rand.org 

Shakespeare Theatre at the Lansburgh 

450 7th Street NW 
Washington, DC 20004-2207 
http://www.shakespearedc.org/ 

Smithsonian Institution 

PO Box 37012 

SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010 

Washington, D.C. 20013-7012 

http://www.si.edu 

Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences 
4301 Jones Bridge Road 
Bethesda, MD 20814 
http://www.usuhs.mil/ 

U.S. Bureau of the Census 
4700 Silver Hill Road 
Washington DC 20233-0001 
http://www.census.gov/ 

U.S. Department of Agriculture 
1400 Independence Avenue 
S.W. Washington, D.C. 20250 
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome 

USDA - -Extension Service 
6707 Groveton Drive 
Clinton, MD 20735 
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/qlinks/extension/html 

U.S. Department of Commerce 
14th and Constitution Avenue N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20230 
http://www.commerce.gov/ 

U.S. Department of Defense 
1400 Defense Pentagon 
Washington, DC 20301-1400 
http://www.defenselink.mil/ 

U.S. Department of Education 
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20202 
http://www.ed.gov/index.ihtml 

U.S. Department of Energy 
1000 Independence Avenue, S.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20585 
http://www.energy.gov/engine/content.do 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
200 Independence Avenue, S.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20201 

http://www.hhs.gov/ 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
Washington, D.C. 20528 
http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/ 

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development 

451 7th Street S.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20410 

http://www.hud.gov/ 

U.S. Department of the Interior 

1 849 C Street, N.W. 



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Washington, D.C. 20240 
http://www.doi.gov/ 

U.S. Department of Justice 
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20530-0001 
http://www.usdoj.gov/ 

U.S. Department of Labor 
Frances Perkins Building 
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20210 

http://www.dol.gov/ 

U.S. Department of State 

2201 C Street, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20520 
http ://w w w . state, go v/ 

U.S. Department of Transportation 
400 7th Street, S.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20590 
http://www.dot.gov/ 

U.S. Department of the Treasury 
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20220 
http://www.ustreas.gov/ 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
810 Vermont Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20420 
http://www.va.gov/ 

U.S. Geological Survey 
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive 



Reston, VA 20192 

http://www.usgs.gov/ 

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum 
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW 
Washington, DC 20024-2126 
http://www.ushmm.org/ 

United States Naval Academy 
121 Blake Road 
Annapolis, MD 21402-5000 
http://www.usna.edu/ 

U.S. Naval Observatory 
Massachusetts Avenue at 34th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 
http://www.usno.navy.mil/ 

Walter Reed Army Institute of Research 
503 Robert Grant Ave 
Silver Spring, MD. 20910 
http://wrair-www.army.mil/default.asp 

Walter Reed Army Medical Center 
6900 Georgia Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20307 
http://www.wramc.amedd.army.mil 

Walter's Art Museum 
600 North Charles Street 
Baltimore, MD 21201 
http://www.thewalters.org/html/home.asp 

Wolf Trap Farm Park 
1645 Trap Road 
Vienna, Virginia 22182 
http://www.wolf-trap.org/ 



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Appendices 

In addition to the policies included within the Graduate Catalog, information about the following topics can be 
found using the URL's included in the list below. 

Policy for Student Residency Classification for Admission, Tuition and Charge-Differential Purposes 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/admssions policies.htm 

UM Policy is found at: 

Residency Classification Office 

http://www.testudo.umd.edU/rco/policy.html#policv 

Academic Integrity 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/academic record. htm#2 

UM Policy is found at: 

111-1 .00 POLICY ON FACULTY, STUDENT AND INSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES FOR 
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 
http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bvlaws/Sectionlll/IIHOO.html 

111-1 .00(A) UMCP CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY 
http://president.umd.edu/policies/iii100a.html 

Code of Student Conduct and Annotations 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/academic record. htm#4 

UM Policy is found at: 

University of Maryland Policies and Procedures, Office of Legal Affairs 
V-1 .00(B) UMCP CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT 
http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/v100b.html 

Human Relations Code 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.qradschool.umd.edU/cataloq/introduction.htm#5 

University of Maryland Policies and Procedures, Office of Legal Affairs 
http://www.ohrp.umd.edu/compliance/hrc/intro.html . 

UM Policy is found at: 

VI-1. 00(B) UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND HUMAN RELATIONS CODE 

http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi100b.html 

Campus Policy and Procedures on Sexual Harassment 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/assistantship policies.htm 

UM Policy is found at: 

VI-1 .20 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SYSTEM POLICY ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT 

http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bylaws/SectionVI/VI120.html 

VI-1 .20(A) UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND POLICY AND PROCEDURES ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT 
http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi120a.html 

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VI-1 .30 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SYSTEM POLICY ON SEXUAL ASSAULT 
http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bylaws/SectionVI/VI130.html 

VI-1 .30(A) UMCP PROCEDURES ON SEXUAL ASSAULT 
http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi130a.html 

UMCP Graduate Policy and Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/other academic policies.htm 

UM Policy is found at: 

111-1 .20 POLICY FOR REVIEW OF ALLEGED ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS GRADING 
http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bvlaws/Sectionlll/IIH20.html 

111-1 .20(A) UMCP PROCEDURES FOR REVIEW OF ALLEGED ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS GRADING- 

GRADUATE STUDENTS 

http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/iii120a.html 

PROCEDURE GUIDE FOR CONDUCTING APPEALS OF ALLEGED ARBITRARY AND CAPRICIOUS GRADING 
OF DOCTORAL QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS 
http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/other academic policies.htm 

University of Maryland at College Park Policy on Copyrights and Patents 

Graduate Catalog reference: 

http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/masters degree policies.htm 
http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/doctoral degree policies. htm#7 

UM Policy is found at: 

IV-2.20 POLICY ON CLASSIFIED AND PROPRIETARY WORK 

http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bylaws/SectionlV/IV220.html 

IV-3.00 POLICY ON PATENTS 
http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bylaws/SectionlV/IV300.html 

IV-3.00(A) UMCP PROCEDURES ON PATENT AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER 
http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/iv300a.html 

IV-3.10 POLICY ON COPYRIGHTS 

http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bylaws/SectionlV/IV310.html 

Class Exercises That Involve Animals 

http://www.testudo.umd.edu/soc/animal.html 

UM Policy is found at: 
www.umresearch.umd.edu/IACUC 

Animal Care and Use Program 

UM Policy is found at: 
www.umresearch.umd.edu/IACUC 

Research Involving Human Subjects 

Graduate Catalog reference: 

http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/masters degree policies. htm#9 

http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/doctoral degree policies.htm 

UM Policy is found at: 

IV-2.1 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SYSTEM POLICY ON HUMAN SUBJECTS OF RESEARCH 

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http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bylaws/SectionlV/IV210.html 

Guidelines for Combined Bachelor's/Master's Programs 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/combined programs.htm 

UM Policy is found at: 
http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/iii220a.html 

lll-2.20(A) UMCP POLICY AND GUIDELINES FOR COMBINED BACHELOR'S/MASTERS PROGRAMS 
http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/regents/bylaws/Sectionlll/IH220.html 

Inter-Institutional Registration 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.qradschool.umd.edu/cataloq/reqistration policies.htm 

UM Policy is found at: 

111-2.41 POLICY ON GRADUATE STUDENT INTER-INSTITUTIONAL REGISTRATION 
http://www.usmh.usmd.edu/reqents/bylaws/Sectionlll/IH241.html 

University Policy on Disclosure of Student Records 

UM Policy is found at: 

III-6.30 POLICY ON CONFIDENTIALITY AND DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT RECORDS 

http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/iii630.html 

lll-6.30(A) UMCP POLICY AND PROCEDURES ON THE DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT EDUCATION RECORDS 
http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/iii630a.html 

Immunization Policy 

Graduate Catalog reference: 
http://www.gradschool.umd.edu/catalog/admssions policies.htm 

UM Policy is found at: 
V-1 .00(H) UMCP IMMUNIZATION POLICY 
http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/v100h.html 

Policy on Student Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse 

UM Policy is found at: 

VI-8.00(B) UMCP POLICY ON STUDENT ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG ABUSE 

http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/vi800b.html 

Smoking Policy and Guidelines 

UM Policy is found at: 

X-5.00(A) UMCP SMOKING POLICY AND GUIDELINE 

http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/x500a.html 



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Chapter 21 : Graduate Programs 

Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) 

Abstract 

The Department offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from one of the nation's premier graduate programs in agricultural and 
resource economics. Both programs focus on the application of advanced microeconomic theory and econometrics to 
issues in agricultural economics, environmental and resource economics, and development economics. Courses are taught 
by leading researchers in those fields, who combine rigorous scholarship with extensive policy experience. The 
Department's faculty includes internationally prominent scholars in agricultural, environmental and resource, and 
development economics. In recognition of their research, Department faculty members have received such international 
awards as Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Prize, the American Economic Association's John Bates Clark Medal, and 
the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association's Quality of Research Discovery and Publication of Enduring Quality 
Awards, among others. Several have been elected fellows of such professional associations as the Agricultural and 
Applied Economics Association (formerly the American Agricultural Economics Association), the Association of 
Environmental and Resource Economics, the Econometric Society, and the American Statistical Association. Department 
faculty members have served as presidents of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and Association of 
Environmental and Resource Economists and as editors/associate editors of the American Journal of Agricultural 
Economics, the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of Public Economics, and Environment 
and Development Economics, among others. One faculty member is currently a research fellow of the National Bureau of 
Economic Research. For additional Department highlights, please visit 

http://www.agnr.umd.edu/Academics/departments/AREC/Academics/index.cfm. The policy experience of the Department's 
faculty equals its scholarship in both quality and extent. Three have served on the staff of the President's Council of 
Economic Advisers. Other policy experience includes service as consultants to agencies and organizations like the U.S. 
Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the World Bank, and the 
Inter-American Development Bank. The University's location in the Washington, D.C., area provides numerous 
opportunities for interaction with the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, Resources for the Future, 
International Monetary Fund, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for 
International Development, Food and Drug Administration, Inter-American Development Bank, Census Bureau, and a host 
of other such institutions and organizations. Questions about the Department's graduate programs should be directed to 
the Graduate Coordinator at graduateprogram@arec.umd.edu or 301 -405-1293. 
Admissions Information 
At a minimum, students entering either our M.S. or Ph.D. program are expected to have the following preparation: 

• Knowledge of macroeconomic theory at the intermediate level and microeconomic theory at the advanced level. 

• Knowledge of multivariate calculus and linear algebra. 

• Knowledge of elementary statistical methods. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, transcripts for all higher 
education, and three letters of recommendation are required with the application for admission. Part-time graduate study is 
not encouraged because no courses are taught in the evenings. Transfer from M.S. to Ph.D. Program Students enrolled in 
the Department's M.S. program may apply for admission to the Department's Ph.D. program by submitting a new Graduate 
School application, supplemental transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. The Graduate School application fee is 
waived if the student applies for the Ph.D. program in or before the semester in which the M.S. degree will be completed. 
Students within the Department's M.S. program need not submit GRE's when applying for the Ph.D. program. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; 
International Applicants seeking admissions 
under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 





Application Requirements 

We normally admit M.S. and Ph.D. students for the fall semester only, since the first-year program consists of course 
sequences that begin only in the fall. Application for admission to both the Department's M.S. and Ph.D. programs is made 
through the Graduate School. In addition to the completed application form, the Graduate School requires and admission 
decisions depend on: 

• Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; 

• One copy of the transcript of record from all institutions attended after high school 

• Three letters of recommendation; and 

• Statement of purpose. Students from non-English-speaking countries are required to demonstrate English proficiency by 
providing scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 



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The M.S. program trains students to conduct economic research in the fields of agricultural economics, environmental and 
resource economics, and development economics. It provides rigorous training in microeconomic theory and econometrics 
and in the application of microeconomics and econometrics to policy issues. Students completing their MS degrees go on 
to work in U.S. government agencies, international organizations, and consulting firms. The M.S. program requires a 
minimum of 33 credits of coursework (i.e., 16 credits of electives in addition to the 17 credits of required coursework) and 
defense of a scholarly paper. No M.S. thesis is required. Required courses for the M.S. program consist of basic 
coursework in microeconomic theory and econometrics: 

• The first semester of the sequence in microeconomic theory (ECON 603). 

• A two-semester sequence in applied econometrics (AREC 623 and 624). 

• A one-semester course on mathematical methods (AREC 620). 

• A one-semester course on applications of microeconomic theory to agricultural and resource economic problems (AREC 
610). The first-year coursework normally includes these 17 credits (3 credits each for ECON 603, AREC 620, AREC 610 
plus 4 credits each for AREC 623 and AREC 624). M.S. students fulfill additional coursework requirements by taking 
electives to suit their own interests during their second year. Elective courses are normally selected from M.S. level 
courses (600 level or above) in AREC or ECON but may be taken in other disciplines with adviser approval. For detailed 
information on the scholarly paper, see the "Doctor of Philosophy" section below. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. program trains students as professional research economists in the fields of agricultural economics, 
environmental and resource economics, and development economics. Students learn to disseminate research results in 
major professional media including journals, reports, conferences, and seminars. Rigorous training is provided in 
microeconomic theory, econometrics, and their application to policy issues. Students completing their Ph.D. degrees find 
employment in academia, U.S. government agencies, international organizations, and consulting firms. Requirements for 
the Ph.D. degree include a minimum of 43 credits of coursework, completion of a two-course field in one of the 
Department's three major areas, completion of a research paper requirement, development and defense of a dissertation 
prospectus, 12 credits of Ph.D. dissertation research (AREC 899), and successful defense of a Ph.D. dissertation. The first 
year of the program consists of the following core courses in microeconomic theory, econometrics, and mathematical 
methods: AREC 610, AREC 620, AREC 623, AREC 624, ECON 603, and ECON 604. The second year of the program 
consists mainly of six elective field courses. All Ph.D. students are required to complete one two-course field out of the 
following: Agricultural Policy (AREC 825, AREC 832), Development Economics (AREC 845, AREC 846), or Environmental 
and Resource Economics (AREC 785, ECON 781). Four additional 3-credit PhD-level field courses are required; at least 
two from courses offered by the Department with the remainder from courses offered by Economics or another supporting 
department on campus with adviser approval. During the spring semester of their second year, students also take a 1 - 
credit course intended to help them develop a written dissertation proposal (AREC 869K). The final course requirement is 
AREC 869P, Advanced Topics in Agricultural Economics (3 credits), which consists of more intensive preparation for 
writing a dissertation prospectus. It is normally taken during the fall semester of the third year. This requirement is waived 
for any student who has completed a dissertation prospectus and passed a prospectus examination before the fall 
semester of the third year. The writing of a research paper is required during the first year and a half of the graduate 
program. The paper allows students to engage in original research early in their graduate education. Students who do not 
pass following the initial submission may revise and resubmit their papers in response to comments they receive. A student 
who is unable to achieve a Ph.D. pass on the paper requirement after two attempts is not permitted to continue in the Ph.D. 
program. For more information about the research paper, see 

http://www.arec.umd.edu/Academics/Graduate/PhDProgram/ResearchPaper.cfm. Admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. 
degree requires: 

• A "B-" or better in each of the first-year courses. 

• A B (3.0) average or better in graduate coursework, 

• Passing the research paper requirement, and 

• Having an approved Ph.D. dissertation prospectus. The prospectus presents the student's dissertation proposal, 
including a topic, background, literature review, and proposed methodology. It is prepared under the guidance of and must 
be approved by a three-person core committee headed by the thesis advisor and appointed by the Director of Graduate 
Studies. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The AREC Department provides a 1 5-seat computer lab for the exclusive use of our graduate students. The lab is available 
24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Another 25-seat lab is available by reservation for classes, presentations, and research 
(e.g., experimental economics sessions). These labs are equipped with Pano Logic zero (aka thin) client devices that 
connect end users to desktop virtual machines. This solution allows graduate students the ability to remotely access a 
virtual desktop with all the applications listed below, as well as their files stored on the network servers. The following 
applications are available at this time: Arclnfo, Filezilla (FTP Client), Fortran, Google Earth, Limdep, Maple, Mathematica, 
Matlab, Mozilla Firefox, MS Office 2007, Nlogit, Perl, R, SAS, Scientific Word, Stata, TextPad, and WinEdt. Graduate 
students can access the AREC network and Internet from home via several remote access methods. A multifunction 
printer/scanner/copier is available in the graduate student computer lab. Wireless access is available to the campus 
network. The Department offers close proximity to an incomparable array of government agencies, international 
institutions, and non-governmental organizations devoted to environmental issues, agricultural policy, natural resource 
management, and international development. Opportunities for attending stimulating seminars abound. Many students find 
useful work experience, access to data, and cutting-edge thesis topics as well as future employment through these 

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organizations. These include (all within approximately 10 miles) the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, and U.S. Economic Research Service, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Resources for 
the Future, the Joint Institute for Food Science and Nutrition, the Joint Global Change Research Institute, the National 
Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the World Bank, 
the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Beltsville Agricultural 
Research Center with its National Agricultural Library, as well as the U.S. Capitol, Senate, and House of Representatives. 
Financial Assistance 

Graduate assistantships are offered to qualified applicants on the basis of past academic performance, research potential, 
and availability of funds. Many full-time students in the Department hold assistantships or some other form of financial aid. 
Part- time and summer work are sometimes available for students who do not have assistantships. Graduate fellowships 
are also available on a competitive basis. The Department offers financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships 
and fellowships. To apply, use the form for requesting financial assistance included in the Graduate School application 
packet. Graduate Assistantships Many of our students are supported by graduate assistantships with responsibilities for 
either research or teaching. Graduate assistants are expected to work an average of 20 hours a week on their research or 
teaching duties. They must maintain at least a B average. They are considered employees of the University and are thus 
covered by health insurance. In addition to a competitive salary, graduate assistants receive tuition remission for up to 10 
credits in the fall and spring semesters and up to 4 credits each summer semester. Fellowships The Department awards a 
limited number of fellowships each year to highly qualified applicants. Annual fellowship stipends are highly competitive. 
Fellowship awards also include tuition remission of up to twelve credits per semester. Fellowships are awarded to Ph.D. 
students for two (2) years and M.S. students for one (1) year. After the expiration of the fellowship, the Department expects 
to provide Ph.D. fellowship recipients with an additional two years of support (and M.S. fellowship recipients with an 
additional year of support) as a graduate assistant subject to satisfactory academic progress. All applicants for financial aid 
are automatically considered for fellowships as well as assistantships. Financial assistance in the form of loans and work 
study may also be available. Interested students should contact the University's Office of Student Financial Aid. 
Contact Information 

The AREC Graduate Program website at http://www.arec.umd.edu/academics/graduate/index.cfm provides course 
requirements, examination procedures, and descriptive material for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs. 
Graduate Program 

Agricultural and Resource Economics 2200 Symons Hall 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: (301) 405-1293 
qraduateproqram(a>arec. umd.edu 

http://www.arec.umd.edu/ 
Courses: AREC AREC 

American Studies (AMST) 

Abstract 

American Studies offers an interdisciplinary program of study leading to the Masters of Arts and the Doctor of 
Philosophy degrees. Research and teaching in the Department focus on two intellectual themes: the cultures of 
everyday life, and cultural constructions of identity and difference. These themes drive our examinations of multiple 
cultures within the U.S., across the Americas, and transnational^. They also embrace multiple cultural studies 
interests, including material and visual culture, ethnography and life history, popular culture and media studies, 
queer studies, body and sexualities, gender studies, food studies, digital cultures, critical race studies, and cultural 
landscapes and geography. Students develop expertise in multiple methodologies and take courses in many 
departments across the University. The Department benefits from a large and diverse affiliate faculty, strong 
relationships with cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian museums, and ready access to many other 
museums in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, government agencies, archives and historical societies, and 
multiple local communities. Students may also take advantage of multiple graduate certificate programs for which 
our courses apply, including Museum Scholarship and Material Culture, Critical Theory, Historic Preservation, and 
Womens Studies. The program in U.S. Latina/o Studies is contained within the Department, and we have a 
leadership role in developing Native American Studies. 
Admissions Information 

Many admitted students have previously majored in American Studies, History, English, Ethnic Studies, Women's 
Studies, Anthropology, Art or Architectural History, Journalism, and Communications. However, applicants with 
broad backgrounds in arts and humanities and/or the behavioral and social sciences are also given serious 
consideration if American subject matter or cultural theory has been emphasized. Application requirements for both 
M.A. and Ph.D. programs include: 1) Graduate School application, 2) statement of purpose (including research 
interests), 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) official academic transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate 
work, 5) GRE scores, 6) a writing sample, and 7) a resume or Curriculum Vitae. International applicants must also 
submit TOEFL scores. Applicants who do not yet have M.A. degrees and who desire to obtain the Ph. D. degree at 
Maryland should apply directly to the Ph.D. program. 

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Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants 
seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and 
L visas and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

1 . Graduate School application 

2. Statement of purpose, including research interests 

3. 3 letters of recommendation 

4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work 

5. GRE scores 

6. Writing sample 

7. Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

Students take a total of 30 credits of course work in American Studies and related disciplines and demonstrate the 

ability to conduct independent research by submitting an acceptable thesis or a scholarly paper in lieu of a thesis. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Ph. D. students complete at least 30 credit hours that are organized around two areas of specialization. Students 

must also pass three comprehensive examinations, and, after submitting a detailed prospectus, write and defend 

an interdisciplinary dissertation that answers significant questions about Americans' culture(s) and experiences, 

past or present. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Washington, D.C. and Baltimore areas offer extraordinary research facilities for the study of past and present 

Americans' experiences and culture, including the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian's 

many institutions, the National Park Service, the Maryland Historical Society, and the Walters Art Museum and 

National Gallery, and other cultural institutions. The National Archives II, National Trust Library and Library of 

American Broadcasting are all located on the College Park campus. There are also numerous local and regional - 

focused museums, collections, archives, libraries, and "think tanks" that can support students' interests in issues 

and topics related to identity and difference and the cultures of everyday Ife. Through consortia arrangements with 

universities in the area, including George Washington University and Georgetown University, students may 

augment their programs with courses otherwise unavailable at the University of Maryland. 

Financial Assistance 

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available in addition to graduate fellowships. Students who hold 

assistantships typically teach two sections of AMST 201 , Introduction to American Studies, or AMST 205, Material 

Aspects of American Life. 

Contact Information 

Additional information on program offerings, degree requirements and financial aid can be obtained on the 

department's Web site f http://www.amst. umd.edu ) and by writing to: 

Director of Graduate Studies 

1 102 Holzapfel Hall Department of American Studies 

MD 20742-5620 

Telephone: (301) 405-1354 

Fax:(301)314-9453 

amst-dgs@umd.edu 

http://www.amst.umd.edu 

Psyche Williams-Forson, Ph.D 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301-405-6931 

Courses: AMST 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development 

Animal Sciences (ANSC) 

Note: Some courses in this program may require the use of animals. Please see the Statement on Animal Care and 



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Use and the Policy Statement for Students. 
Abstract 

The Graduate Program in the Animal Sciences offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of 
Philosophy degrees. The master's degree program does not offer the non-thesis option. Faculty research interests 
include: 1) Cell, molecular and developmental biology studies on the synthesis and secretion of milk constituents in 
the mammary gland, gene expression of the neuroendocrine system during growth and development, molecular 
genetics of metal and heme homeostasis in animals, maintenance of pluripotency and cell lineage determination in 
early embryos and embryonic stem cells, regulation of gene expression during embryonic patterning, neuro- and 
reproductive endocrinology in avian and fish species, and virology, immunology and microbial pathogenesis of 
significance to animal agriculture; 2) Nutrition and intermediary metabolism of ruminants and non-ruminants, regulation 
of milk fat production in dairy cattle, modeling for nutrient management, nutrient management in avian and other 
monogastric species, including forage utilization in horses; nutritional immunology, nutrient sensing, metabolic 
homeostasis, companion and exotic animal nutrition; 3) Aquaculture related fish physiology, cryopreservation of germ 
cells, neuroendocrine control of reproduction and reproductive dysfunction induced by stress, or endocrine disrupting 
chemicals, and; 4) Application of computational and systems biology to quantitative genetics, genomics, epigenetics, 
selection theory and breeding for the improvement of domestic animals and conservation genetics. 
Admissions Information 

The Program requires applicants to submit an application online, and to submit official academic transcripts, statement 
of goals and research interests, at least three letters of recommendation, and official Graduate Record Examination 
scores to the Enrollment Services Operations Office. Applicants with degrees from non-English speaking countries 
and who have not received a degree from the list of approved English-speaking universities must also submit results 
of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). To be considered for an assistantship, submit your application 
by the preferred deadline. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: October 1 
Preferred: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1 . GRE (Verbal; Quantitative; Analytical/Writing) 

2. TOEFL (if required) 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. An application 

5. Official academic transcripts 

6. Statement of goals and research interests 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

During the first semester, the student selects an Adviser and an Advisory Committee (AC) with the approval of the 
Program Graduate Education Committee. By the end of the second semester, with the AC'S advice, students file a 
proposed schedule of courses (plan of study). Committees may require that students take remedial courses if they 
enter with inadequate prerequisites or deficiencies in undergraduate programs. Also, by the end of the second 
semester a thesis research proposal must be approved by the student's AC. Course requirements comprise at least 
one semester of Biochemistry (3 credits; typically BCHM 463), one semester of Biometrics (4 credits; typically BIOM 
601), one credit of seminar (ANSC 698) and a course in Research Ethics. Additional credits of graduate coursework 
should result in a total of 24 credits, of which no more than 12 credits can be at the 400 level. Furthermore, a minimum 
of six hours of thesis research credit (ANSC 799) is required. Towards the end of their graduate studies, students must 
present the results and conclusions of their research in a public seminar and successfully defend their written thesis in 
a final oral examination, which is given by the AC. A final copy of the thesis must be submitted to the Program Office. 
Students with adequate undergraduate training usually complete the master's degree within two years. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Ph.D. students with Master's degrees from other institutions are expected to meet the requirements indicated above 
for the ANSC M.S. degree. The M.S. degree is not a prerequisite but is advantageous for admission to the Ph.D. 
program. At least two credits of Seminar (with at least one in ANSC 698) and one semester of teaching experience (8- 
10 hours per week) are required during study for the Ph.D. degree. In addition, a minimum of 12 research credits is 
required. A plan of study and a research proposal must be filed with the approval of the student's Adviser and Advisory 
Committee (AC) by the end of the second semester. After no more than five semesters, the student must pass the 
Admission to Candidacy Examination, which consists of both written and oral components and is administered by the 



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AC. Towards the end of their studies, the candidates present the results and conclusions of their graduate research in 
a public seminar and defend their research in an oral examination, which is adjudicated by the student's AC. In 
addition to successful defense of the dissertation, it is expected that the student will publish at least one paper in a 
refereed scientific journal, based on the dissertation research. A final bound copy of the dissertation must be 
submitted to the Program Office. The Ph.D. degree is usually completed within three to four years after the M.S. 
degree. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department of Animal and Avian Sciences and the nearby Gudelsky Veterinary Center housing the Virginia- 
Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, have extensive facilities consisting of faculty research laboratories, 
animal holding areas, a campus farm, aquaculture facility and outlying research farms. Additionally, the department 
maintains two computer laboratories with 30 workstations in the teaching laboratory, and a smaller laboratory 
exclusively for the use of graduate students on a 24 hour basis. 

The research laboratories comprise nearly 28,000 square feet for bench work, averaging over 1000 square feet per 
faculty member. Over 2800 square feet of cold room and 2000 square feet of freezer rooms are integral components 
of the research laboratories. The laboratories are fully equipped with state-of-the-art modern instrumentation and 
equipment for the entire range of research carried out by the faculty, e.g. research in biochemistry, cell-molecular 
biology, physiology, nutrition, behavior, virology, immunology, microbial pathogenesis etc. Individual laboratories are 
fully self-standing units, yet there is free exchange between laboratories having shared and collaborative interests. All 
the laboratories and offices are networked to the campus server for direct Internet access. 

Nearly 15,000 square feet of space is dedicated for animal holding in the Animal Wing of the Animal Sciences Center. 
This facility is capable of handling all kinds of animals such as rodents, birds, fish and large animals for research in 
separate rooms. A new aquaculture facility, adjoining the Gudelsky Center, is also available. The Animal Wing is under 
the care of trained staff and is supervised by a professional veterinarian. 

Other facilities, such as the Laboratory for Biological Ultrastructure, the Visual Imaging Center, the DNA Sequencing 
Laboratory, the Proteomics Core Facility, etc., are available to the faculty and students as part of the Central Core 
Facilities on the campus. 
Off Campus Research Facilities include:- 

1 . University of Maryland/USDA-Beltsville Animal Biotechnology Facility 

An 1 1 ,000 square foot cooperative facility for research in animal biotechnology at the Beltsville Agricultural Research 
Center. This Center includes laboratories specifically designed for research in cloning and transgenic biology. ANSC 
faculty engaged in nuclear cloning, stem cell and transgenic biotechnology may use this facility to investigate genes of 
significance for the growth, development and physiology of domestic animals. 

2. Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Clarksville, MD 

This 925-acre dairy research center, located -25 miles from the campus, houses 200 head of Holstein dairy cattle 
including 110 milking cows and 90 head of young stock. ANSC faculty engaged in nutrition, reproduction, physiology, 
herd health, behavior and management research, conduct their experiments at this facility. 

3. Applied Poultry Research Laboratory, Upper Marlboro, MD 

This 202-acre facility is located approximately 20 miles from the campus. It is used for conducting research in nutrition, 
physiology and behavior. 

4. Wye Beef Cattle Research Center 

This 450-acre facility is located on Maryland's Eastern Shore near Queenstown. It has 250 registered Angus beef 

cows plus young stock and bulls which are direct descendants of the Wye Angus herd. The facility is used to support 

research associated with beef cow-calf management, pasture management and growth physiology. 

Financial Assistance 

A number of graduate combined research/teaching assistantships are available and awarded to students who present 

strong academic records and a capability and motivation to perform well in teaching or in research assignments. 

These assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Appointments are on an annual basis, with reappointment 

contingent on demonstration of successful progress towards the degree. Assistantships are available for up to two 

years for the M.S. degree and four years for the Ph.D. degree. As assistantships are generally awarded for Fall 

admittance, applications should be completed by the February 1 deadline for consideration. 

Contact Information 

For specific information on the program, admission procedures, or financial aid, see the ANSC website 

(http://ansc.umd.edu/graduate) or contact the ANSC graduate program office as listed below. 

Dr. Carol L. Keefer, Associate Professor and Director 

Graduate Program in Animal Sciences 

Room 2129 Animal Sciences Center 

Department of Animal and Avian Sciences 

Univ. of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20742-2311 

Telephone: 1-301-405-5781 

ansc-gradprogram@umd.edu 

http://ansc.umd.edu/Graduate 

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Victoria Lake, ANSC Graduate Office 

Room 1415A Animal Sciences Center, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, Univ. of Maryland College Park 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301-405-5781 

ansc-gradprogram@umd.edu 

http://ansc.umd.edu/Graduate/ 

Courses: 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Nutrition 

Veterinary Medical Sciences 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Anthropology (ANTH) 

Abstract 

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate study leading to the Master of Applied Anthropology (MAA) and the 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. Both degrees reflect the department's special interest and expertise in the 
applications of anthropology. Current faculty members represent the subfields of the discipline (archaeology, cultural 
and social anthropology, and anthropological linguistics). Drawing their intellectual and applied orientations from 
training and application of the above subdisciplines, the department's faculty also recognize the need to identify topics 
or problems where the expertise of individual faculty members can be applied in a manner that integrates the 
subdisciplines. In this ongoing effort, the faculty has identified three areas of research concentration: Anthropology of 
Health, Anthropology of Environment, and Anthropology of Heritage. The areas can be thought to contain and 
generate research problems of interest to the faculty's experience and expertise within the subdisciplines. These 
problems can be addressed individually through cultural and social anthropology, anthropological linguistics and 
archaeology. However, the anthropological contribution to addressing these problems is enhanced by collaboration 
across subdiscipline interests and expertise. The Master of Applied Anthropology (MAA) is a program designed both 
for students interested in an anthropology career outside of academia and for those who plan on continuing to a Ph.D. 
The program has been offered at the University of Maryland since 1984, and graduates have successfully secured 
employment or pursued doctoral work in a variety of fields, such as working in the areas of medical and health 
practice, urban and regional planning and development, community development, conservation and heritage resource 
development, cultural resource management, and historical archaeology. The focus of the MAA program has been to 
participate in the building of anthropological practice. A major focus of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is to 
direct research scholarship and to encourage theoretical and methodological advancement in such a way as to reflect 
upon the specific practices of anthropology, with the aim of improving those practices and thereby increasing the value 
and usefulness of the discipline. Doctoral students are typically prepared for research and development careers 
outside of academic settings, as well as for academic careers in anthropology departments and other disciplinary 
settings. 

Admissions Information 

Students are required to submit Graduate Record Examination scores and fulfill the Graduate School admission 
requirements. Application deadline for all applicants, domestic and international, is December 15th. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

1. Graduate School requirements 

2. GRE General 

3. Statement of Intent and Experience 

4. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation 

5. Writing sample (Ph.D. only) 

Degree Requirements 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) 

Students entering the Ph.D. from a Bachelor's degree must normally complete all the requirements for the 

MAA degree indicated above, although the internship sequence can be substituted with additional 



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coursework under approved circumstances. An additional minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced 

coursework is required, to include at least 12 credit hours of dissertation research. For students entering the 

Ph.D. program from the MAA, an additional minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced coursework is required, 

to include at least 12 credit hours of dissertation research. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a 

master's degree from another institution are minimally required to complete the 18 credit-hour core sequence 

of the MAA program and an additional minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced coursework, to include at 

least 12 credit hours of dissertation research. These students are not normally required to complete the 

internship sequence, although in some cases their doctoral committee may decide that an internship may be 

appropriate to enhance a student's professional experience prior to graduation. Additional supportive 

coursework may be required on a case-by-case basis depending on the qualifications of the student. In such 

cases, these expectations will be specified upon admission to the Ph.D. program. Substitutions for courses in 

the MAA core sequence are rarely permitted and must be approved by the Graduate Committee and the 

Department Chair. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program advance to candidacy upon completion of a 

written comprehensive examination and an oral defense of their dissertation proposal. An oral defense upon 

completion of the dissertation is also required. 

Master of Applied Anthropology (M.A.A.) 

The program requires 42 credit hours of coursework, including a core sequence (18 credit hours), an 

internship sequence (12 semester hours), and a sequence of individually approved courses that are related to 

a chosen domain of application (12 semester hours). MAA students must satisfactorily complete an internship 

proposal review with their advisory committee before beginning the internship, which is normally completed 

during the summer term between the first and second years of the program. Students are also required to 

present the results of their internship in a departmental colloquium prior to graduation. There is no thesis 

requirement. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department of Anthropology has three laboratory spaces: the Archaeological Heritage Lab; a lab related 

to the Archaeology in Annapolis project and a lab related to Irish Rural Lifeways. Additional research facilities 

include the Cultural Systems Analysis Group (CuSAG), which focuses on applied research in health and 

community development issues, the Center for Heritage Resource Studies (CHRS), which conducts and 

supports basic and applied research in heritage resource studies, and the Immigrant Life course Research 

Program. 

Financial Assistance 

A limited number of Departmental Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified 

graduate students. Part-time employment related to department research is occasionally available. 

Contact Information 

For additional information please contact: 

Dr. Michael Paolisso, Graduate Director 

0131 Woods Hall 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-1433 

Fax: 301-314-8305 

mpaoliss@umd.edu 

www.anth.umd.edu 

Mrs. Archilline Tablada, Graduate Program Coordinator 

1111 Woods Hall College Park, MD 20742 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-1423 

atablada@umd.edu 

www.anth.umd.edu 

Courses: ANTH 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Nutrition 

Historic Preservation 

Women's Studies 

Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation (AMSC) 

Abstract 

The interdisciplinary program in Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation (AMSC) offers graduate 
study leading to Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees with concentrations in applied mathematics, 
applied statistics, or scientific computation. It also offers a Certificate in Scientific Computation to graduate students 
enrolled in other university Ph.D. programs. The faculty is drawn from departments throughout the university. Possible 

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areas of application include the physical, chemical, biological, and social sciences, and engineering. The program 

receives substantial support from the Department of Mathematics (MATH), the Center for Scientific Computation and 

Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM), and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology (IPST). AMSC offers a 

spectrum of courses at the forefront of computation and applications, as well as state-of-the-art computational, 

visualization and networking facilities. 

The Concentration in Applied Mathematics trains individuals who are able to enhance their understanding of a wide 

spectrum of scientific phenomena through the application of rigorous mathematical analysis. At least half of the 

required work is expected to be in courses with primarily mathematical content; the remaining courses must apply to a 

field outside of the usual mathematics curriculum. Graduate students currently pursue studies in the applications areas 

such as meteorology, algorithm development, pattern recognition, operations research, mathematical finance, 

computational dynamics, structural mechanics, mathematical biology, and systems and control theory. Other areas of 

study are available through participating departments. All students must include numerical analysis or scientific 

computing courses in their programs. 

The Concentration in Applied Statistics emphasizes acquisition of advanced training in the area of statistical 

application along with statistical topics and development of mathematical and computing skills necessary for the 

modern applied statistician. Students are required to take a series of core statistical and computational courses with 

more emphasis on data analytics and presentation skills. In addition, students will take a minimum of six credits in an 

outside application area. 

The Concentration in Scientific Computation emphasizes the application of computation to the physical sciences, life 

sciences, engineering, business, and social sciences. Students will receive training in the use of computational 

techniques and associated information technology with correspondingly less emphasis on formal mathematical 

methods in comparison to the Concentration in Applied Mathematics. Every Scientific Computation student is required 

to apply the training in computation to a problem in a specific scientific discipline. 

A master's degree program in all concentrations with an emphasis on numerical analysis, computational methods, 

probability and statistics is excellent preparation for industrial or government employment. 

Admissions Information 

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, applicants are required to take the GRE general examination. The 

applicants are encouraged to take the GRE subject examination in either mathematics or some other scientific topic. 

Applicants should have at least a "B" average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and should have completed an undergraduate 

program of study that includes a strong emphasis on rigorous mathematics, preferably through the level of advanced 

calculus and matrix theory. 

Admission will be based on the applicant's ability to do graduate work in either applied mathematics, applied statistics, 

or scientific computation as demonstrated by the letters of recommendation, grades in coursework, and program of 

study. In some circumstances, a provisional admission may be given to applicants whose mathematical training is not 

sufficiently advanced. Previous education in an application area such as physics, biology, economics or one of the 

engineering disciplines, and a basic competence in computational techniques will be favorably considered in a 

student's application, although this is not a prerequisite. 

When a student has decided upon an area of specialization, an advisory committee is formed and approved by the 

AMSC Graduate Committee. The advisory committee is responsible for formulating with the student a course of study 

that leads toward the degree sought. This course of study must constitute a unified, coherent program in an 

acceptable field of specialization of applied mathematics, applied statistics, or scientific computation. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 10 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 10 





Application Requirements 

1 . GRE General, (GRE Subject-Optional) 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

For the Ph.D. degree, the student must fulfill the coursework requirement of the corresponding concentration and pass 
a set of comprehensive written examinations at the Ph.D. level. In addition, the student must pass the Oral Candidacy 
Examination, which tests the student on advanced material to determine if he or she is prepared to do the research for 
a doctoral dissertation. At least 12 credits of dissertation work are required. The doctoral student must also participate 
in at least two semesters in the Applied Mathematics Seminar. 
All M.S. and Ph.D. students must take at least one semester of numerical analysis. Details on the level and distribution 



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of coursework and examinations in mathematics and in the applications area are given on the program web 

site: http://www.amsc.umd.edu/ . 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

For the master's degree, the program offers a thesis and non-thesis option. For Applied Mathematics and Scientific 

Computation concentrations, in the thesis option, 24 credits of coursework are required with at least 6 more credits of 

thesis work. In the non-thesis option for these two concentrations, 30 credits of coursework are required and the 

student must pass a set of comprehensive examinations. A scholarly paper is also required. In both options, the 

student must participate at least one semester in the Applied Mathematics seminar. For Applied Statistics 

concentration, in the thesis option, 25 credits of coursework are required including one seminar credit, with at least 6 

more credits of thesis work. In the non-thesis option, 33 credits of coursework are required including two seminar 

credits and the student must pass a set of comprehensive examinations. A scholarly paper is also required. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

There are over 25 participating departments and institutes on the College Park campus, including units in the College 

of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering. The university has an engineering 

technical library as well as a network of high performance workstations for faculty and graduate students. In addition, 

there are collaborations with various area research institutes such as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, National 

Institutes of Health, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Naval Research Laboratory, and National 

Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

Financial Assistance 

The program offers teaching assistantships in the Department of Mathematics as a source of support for graduate 

students. These assistantships carry a stipend with remission of tuition of up to 10 credit hours each semester. 

Research assistantships are also available through participating departments and other sources, especially for 

students that have acquired advanced training. Assistantships are usually available only to incoming Ph.D. students; 

applications including letters of recommendation should be completed by January 1 for full consideration. 

Contact Information 

For more specific information, contact: 

Alverda McCoy, Program Coordinator 

3103 Mathematics Building, 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-0924 

Fax:(301)314-1308 

amsc@amsc.umd.edu 

http://www.amsc.umd.edu/ 

Courses: AMSC 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Mathematics 
Mathematical Statistics 

Architecture (ARCH) 

Abstract 

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a graduate program leading to the NAAB accredited 
Master of Architecture degree. The mission of the Architecture Program (ARCH) at the University of Maryland is to 
engage in teaching and learning imbued with critical thinking; to foster critical inquiry through research, scholarship, 
and creative academic and professional activity; and to encourage participation in community service that enhances 
the quality of built and natural environments. The Program offers a rich and demanding mix of architectural and 
urban design studios, architectural history and theory, and architectural science and technology. Electives in 
architecture and related fields are available in the curriculum. 

The Master of Architecture degree is accredited by the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB). In the 
United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a 
prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized 
to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of 
Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, 
or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards. 
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate 
degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional 
education. However, the pre-professional degree is not by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. 
The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation offers the following NAAB-accredited 
degree programs: 

M.Arch (pre-professional degree + 60 graduate credits) 
M.Arch (non-pre-professional degree + 109 credits) 
Next accreditation visit for both programs: 2017 

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The School is a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA). 
Admissions Information 

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, candidates 
must submit a portfolio. The portfolio should show evidence of creative ability in the form of a portfolio containing 
reproductions of creative work, which may include drawings, paintings, photographs, sculpture, sketches, and/or 
architectural designs. Details concerning format and content may be obtained from the School of Architecture, 
Planning and Preservation website at http://www.arch.umd.edu. 

Applications from three categories will be considered for admission: 1) candidates with a four-year baccalaureate 
(B.S.) degree in architecture or equivalent major; 2) candidates with four-year baccalaureate (B.A. in architecture or 
other major or B.S. in a major other than architecture) degree who have successfully completed specified 
undergraduate prerequisites outlined by the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation*; and 3) candidates 
with an accredited professional degree in architecture. Students are expected to enroll on a full-time basis. For 
complete information on curricula requirements for these categories, visit the the School of Architecture, Planning 
and Preservation website at http://www.arch.umd.edu. 

'Additional requirements include: one (1) semester of college level calculus or sucessful high school advanced 
placement (AP) calculus; one (1) semester of college level physics with lab, or successful high school advanced 
placement (AP) in physics, and one (1) course in college level freehand drawing. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

1. Complete Application Form (On-line version - www.gradschool.umd.edu) (due December 15) 

2. Online Application Supplemental Form (due by January 1) 

3. Transcripts: 

4. Standardized test scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 

5. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters submitted by professors or others who can assess the quality 
of the applicant's potential to succeed in the graduate program. 

6. Statement of Goals, Experiences, and Research Interests: 1000-2000 word statement of goals and objectives in 
pursuing graduate study in architecture at the University of Maryland. 

7. Portfolio: Bound and not exceeding 9" x 12", containing reproductions of creative work including drawings, paintings, 
photographs, sculpture, sketches, and architectural designs. Creative writing and original papers and research may 
also be submitted within the portfolio, but the emphasis should be on visual creativity (due by January 15) 

8. Resume 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.) 

Students entering the program with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from an accredited 

college or university normally require two years of graduate study to complete the requirements for the professional 

Master of Architecture degree. The established curriculum requires four semesters of academic work encompassing 

a total of 60 credits. Additional credits may be required depending upon the admissions committee's evaluation of 

the individual's academic and architectural experience. Information on required courses and curriculum may be 

obtained from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation website at http://www.arch.umd.edu. 

Students who enter the professional program with a B.A. or B.S. in a discipline other than architecture will normally 

require seven semesters of design studio and other prerequisite courses encompassing a total of 109 credits. 

Students may be granted advanced standing if they have completed the appropriate prerequisites. Information on 

required courses and curriculum may be obtained from the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 

website at http://www.arch.umd.edu. 

A program leading to a Master's Certificate in Historic Preservation is available to M. Arch and M.S. in Arch 

candidates. The course of study includes 24 credits and an approved thesis, which may satisfy requirements of both 

the Architecture and Preservation curricula. 

A program leading to a Masters Certificate in Urban Design is available to M. Arch and M.S. in Arch candidates. The 

course of study includes 24 credits and an approved thesis. 

Master of Architecture and Real Estate Development (dual degree) (ARDV) 

The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Real Estate Development programs to enable a 

student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Real Estate Development degrees with fewer 

credits than it would take to complete the two separately. For more information on the Master of Real Estate 

Development degree program go to the catalog entry for RDEV. Also be advised that that there may be a differential 

tuition established for this program which will be applied to any courses taken after approval of such differential if 



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and when approved by the University. 

Master of Science in Architecture (M.S. Arch) 

A special option leading to the Master of Science in Architecture degree is available for those students who already 
possess an accredited NAAB professional degree in architecture (B.Arch. or M. Arch.) or its equivalent. This option 
is designed to accommodate the needs of students who wish to do advanced work beyond that required for the 
professional degree. Applicants must specify in detail the nature of the proposed course of study for review and 
approval by the admissions committee prior to their admission. The School currently provides resources for 
advanced work in international studies in architecture, urban design, and housing. 
Master of Architecture and Community Planning (dual degree) (ARCP) 

The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Urban Studies and Planning programs to enable 
a student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Community Planning degrees with fewer credits 
than it would take to complete the two separately. Students of the dual-degree program acquire specialized 
knowledge tailored to understanding the urban environment from several perspectives. Students learn how social, 
economic, and political forces have led to the development of human habitats. The emphasis on urban design in the 
dual-degree program yields an education that is particularly applicable for persons interested in the revitalization of 
metropolitan areas and their center cities. 

Master of Architecture and Historic Preservation (dual degree) (ARHP) 

The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Historic Preservation programs to enable a 
student to complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Historic Preservation degrees with fewer credits 
than it would take to complete the two separately. 
Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Design (Ph.D.) 

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a Doctoral Program, the Ph.D. in Urban and Regional 
Planning and Design. Participating programs include Urban Studies and Planning, Architecture, Historic 
Preservation, Landscape Architecture, and The National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education. The 
program prepares students to teach at the university level in departments of Urban Planning, Architecture, Historic 
Preservation, or Landscape Architecture, as well as qualifies graduates to conduct research and participate in high- 
level decision-making in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is ideally located between Washington, DC, and Baltimore 
and surrounded by a number of historic communities and a varied physical environment. The resulting opportunity 
for environmental design study is unsurpassed. The School's resources include design workstations for each 
student, a model shop, a digital fabrication lab, and computer labs. The School's library contains some 57,000 
monographs and 6,000 current periodicals, making it one of the major architectural libraries in the nation. The 
National Trust Library for Historic Preservation, housed in McKeldin Library, contains 1 1 ,000 volumes and 450 
periodical titles. The slide collection includes approximately 430,000 slides on architecture, landscape architecture, 
planning, and technical subjects. The interdisciplinary National Center for Smart Growth Education and Research is 
based in the School offering perspectives and opportunities to engage important issues facing urban and regional 
planning. 

The Architecture Program benefits from the strong support of the professional community, including practitioners 
who bring expertise into the architectural design studios as instructors, consultants, and critics. Many alumni are 
leaders in regional firms, while others practice as far afield as New York, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Vancouver, 
London, and Shanghai. 

The University of Maryland's LEAFHouse took first place in the nation and third place in the world at the 2007 Solar 
Decathlon, gaining the Architecture Program it's reputation as a leader in sustainabiity. In 201 1 , the University of 
Maryland competes in the Solar Decathlon for the fourth time with it's Solar House, Watershed. 
The award-winning Comprehensive Design Studio and Advanced Technology sequence (an integral component of 
the M. Arch curriculum) offers an innovative teaching-learning environment where students work with an array of 
consultants from practice, exploring relationships between conceptual and technical aspects of architectural form 
and its assembly. 

Embracing the importance of context as an integral component of the design process and advocating urban design 
as an essential component of architectural education, the Program has gained national and international recognition 
for its work in urban design, through awards and competition performance. Interdisciplinary competitions like the 
Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Urban Design Competition give architecture students opportunities to team up with 
fellow graduate students in planning, historic preservation, and real estate development to address urban issues in 
a work environment that prepares them for the collaborative experience of professional practice. The Advanced 
Urban Design Studio explores relationships between individual buildings, urban spaces, and the contexts in which 
they reside. Studios engage projects ranging from conceptual urban interventions to projects that help communities 
to envision future growth. 

Study abroad opportunities augment the course of study offered in College Park. Summer and Winter study abroad 
programs are offered to a variety of locations including Rome, Paris, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Turkey, St. 
Petersburg, Egypt, Peru, and Sri Lanka. Summer and winter study opportunities are also available in conjunction 
with the Historic Preservation, Urban Studies & Planning, and Real Estate Development programs. A Spring 
Semester study abroad program is based at Kiplin Hall in Great Britain. 
Financial Assistance 



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The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a limited and varying number of teaching and 

research assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and internships. Applicants should apply for financial assistance 

when submitting the application for admission. 

Contact Information 

Find additional information on program offerings, degree requirements, admissions, and financial aid on the 

School's Web site (www.arch.umd.edu). 

Schedule a visit and tour online at: http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/advising/ 

Sign up to receive an invitation to our Graduate Open House online at: 

http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/admissions/information_request.cfm 

For further information on admissions and degree requirements, please contact Madlen Simon AIA, Associate 

Professor and Architecture Program Director, grarchadvise@umd.edu, 301-405-8000. 

For further information about the Architecture Program, please contact Madlen Simon AIA, Associate Professor and 

Architecture Program Director, grarchadvise@umd.edu, 301-405-8000. 

Madlen Simon AIA, Associate Professor & Architecture Program Director 

University of Maryland - School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 

- College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-8000 

grarchadvise@umd.edu 

www.arch.umd.edu 

Courses: RDEV HISP URSP ARCH 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Urban Studies and Planning 

Historic Preservation 

Urban and Regional Planning and Design 

Real Estate Development 

Landscape Architecture 

Architecture and Real Estate Development (ARDV) 

Dual degree programs, such as Architecture and Real Estate Development, can have complicated requirements and 
applications. It is recommended that you consult with the Program Directors of each program before proceeding to 
apply. 

Application deadline for the program is December 15 for part I of the application and January 15 for the Supplemental 
Part II of the application. If you miss the deadline, you may apply and be considered for the real estate development 
program for August, but would have to apply for the Architecture part of the dual degree program in the year following. 
The School has requested a differential tuition for in-state students in order to defray the higher cost of offering the dual 
degree program. The tuition differential, if approved, will be announced to all enrolled students, and will only be applied 
going forward for the semester following the announcement. 
Abstract 

There are several paths, depending on prior education and experience for applicants to consider for Architecture as 
well as for Real Estate Development. Students applying for the dual degree program will complete fewer courses 
(permitted overlap of courses) than if they took each degree program sequentially. The total number of credits for the 
dual degree is 75 credits for Path A architecture/real estate development dual degree students (those with 
undergraduate degree credits fully accepted), and is 127 credits for Path B architecture/real estate development dual 
degree students (those without an undergraduate degree in architecture). For the most complete information on the 
architecture program, also consult the catalogue entry for ARCH.. For the most complete information on the real estate 
development program, also consult the catalogue entry for RDEV. 
Admissions Information 

The application process consists of four steps. First, fill out the on-line application for the University of Maryland 
Graduate School. The administrative code for the dual degree in Master of Historic Preservation degree and Master of 
Real Estate Development is "HPDV." Second respond and attach all elements requested when the Admissions office of 
the University notifies you to do so by email. Third, send (or have sent by third parties, GRE, Transcripts) the other 
elements of the application package (see below) to Enrollment Services Office -Graduate Admissions, Room 0130 
Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD20742. Fourth, send any portfolio items directly to the 
Program at the contact address shown below. All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited 
institution, and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. There is no restriction on the applicants' previous 
field of study, and indeed we encourage diversity in all senses. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreian 


Deadline: December 15 





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credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

1 . Complete Application Form: Use the On-line version (www.gradschool.umd.edu), click on program ARDV to apply for the 
dual degree. 

2. Online Application Supplemental Form (send to you directly by email from the Admissions office of the University) 

3. Transcripts: (Official paper transcripts submitted in sealed envelopes or mailed to Admissions office directly by your 
degree granting institutions, unless your undergraduate work was done at UMCP, in which case no transcript submission 
required.) 

4. Standardized test scores: Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 

5. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters submitted by professors or others who can assess the quality of the 
applicant's potential to succeed in the graduate program. 

6. Statement of Goals, Experiences, and Research Interests: 1000-2000 word statement of goals and objectives in pursuing 
graduate study in architecture and real estate development at the University of Maryland. Also include a statement of your 
skill level with excel modeling using a scale of (non-existent, limited, moderate, skilled, and very skilled) 

7. Portfolio: Bound and not exceeding 9" x 12", containing reproductions of creative work including drawings, paintings, 
photographs, sculpture, sketches, and architectural designs. Creative writing and original papers and research may also 
be submitted within the portfolio, but the emphasis should be on visual creativity. 

8. Resume:use a standard business style listing education and work experience. 

Degree Requirements 

Architecture and Real Estate Development (Dual Degree) (M. Arch) 

Students entering the program with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from an accredited college 

or university normally require two years of graduate study to complete the requirements for the professional Master of 

Architecture degree (Path A). The dual degree curriculum requires 75 credits which can be completed in five semesters 

plus one Summer and one Winter term course. Additional credits may be required depending upon the architectural 

admissions committee's evaluation of the individual's academic and architectural experience. Information on required 

courses and curriculum may be found on the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation website at 

http://www.arch.umd.edu. 

Students who enter the professional program with a B.A. or B.S. in a discipline other than architecture (Path B) will 

normally require eight semesters plus course work in 2 summer and two winter terms in order to complete the 127 

credits required for the dual degree in architecture and real estate development. . Students may be granted advanced 

standing if they have completed certain of the required architecture prerequisites. Information on required courses and 

curriculum may be found on the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation website at 

http://www.arch.umd.edu. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development are ideally 

located between Washington, DC, and Baltimore and surrounded by a number of historic communities and a varied 

physical environment. The resulting opportunity for real estate development and environmental design study is 

unsurpassed. 

The School's resources include design workstations for each architecture student, a model shop, a digital fabrication 

lab, and both PC and MAC computer labs with REVIT, ARGUS, GIS, Maptitude and other design programs available. 

The School's library contains some 57,000 monographs and 6,000 current periodicals, making it one of the major 

architectural libraries in the nation. The National Trust Library for Historic Preservation, housed in McKeldin Library, 

contains 1 1 ,000 volumes and 450 periodical titles. THe Colvin Institute holds the entire library offerings of the Urban 

Land Institute and access to all the case studies published by ULI. The slide collection includes approximately 430,000 

slides on architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and technical subjects. The interdisciplinary National Center for 

Smart Growth Education and Research is based in the School offering perspectives and opportunities to engage 

important issues facing urban and regional planning. 

Both the Real Estate Development and Architecture Programs benefit from the strong support of the professional 

community, including practitioners who bring expertise into the architectural design studios as instructors, consultants, 

and critics. The RDEV courses are all taught by working or retired real estate professionals giving unparalleled access 

for students to making connections with current practice in the industry. Many architecture alumni are leaders in 

regional firms, while others practice as far afield as New York, Los Angeles, Puerto Rico, Vancouver, London, and 

Shanghai. The over 150 alumni of the real estate program have a very active and passionate group of grads in the area 

who meet regularly and share practice tips, connections and future job opportunities. 

The University of Maryland's LEAFHouse took first place in the nation and second place in the world at the 2007 Solar 

Decathlon, gaining the Architecture Program it's reputation as a leader in sustainabiity. In 201 1 , the University of 

Maryland competes in the Solar Decathlon for the fourth time with it's Solar House, Watershed. 

The award-winning Comprehensive Design Studio and Advanced Technology sequence (an integral component of the 

M. Arch curriculum) offers an innovative teaching-learning environment where students work with an array of 

consultants from practice, exploring relationships between conceptual and technical aspects of architectural form and 

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its assembly. 

Embracing the importance of context as an integral component of the design process and advocating urban design as 

an essential component of architectural education, the Program has gained national and international recognition for its 

work in urban design, through awards and competition performance. Dual degree candidates are prime candidates for 

selection to participate in the interdisciplinary competitions supported by the School, including the national ULI Hines 

(where the School's teams have placed in the Final Four twice, and top ten in the preceding year), the regional REIDO 

development competition, and the local capitol area competition sponsored by NAIOP which gives the team the 

opportunity to present a urban (re)development solution to a large professional audience of real estate and design 

professions. 

Study abroad opportunities augment the course of study offered in College Park. Summer and Winter study abroad 

programs are offered to a variety of locations including Rome, Paris, Scandinavia, Great Britain, Turkey, St. Petersburg, 

Egypt, Peru, and Sri Lanka. Summer and winter study opportunities are also available in conjunction with the Historic 

Preservation, Urban Studies & Planning, and Real Estate Development programs. A Spring Semester study abroad 

program is based at Kiplin Hall in Great Britain. 

Dual degree students have the option to do their MArch thesis and MRED Capstone project in a combined fashion, with 

a design and development proposition supported by a committee of design and development instructors and 

professional advisors. These are very challenging and rewarding for students and faculty alike, but require a fair 

amount of advance planning on the part of both the student and faculty. 

Financial Assistance 

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation offers a limited and varying number of teaching and research 

assistantships, scholarships, fellowships, and internships. Applicants should apply for financial assistance when 

submitting the application for admission. 

The Colvin Institute provides scholarship funds to a number of highly qualified students, who may be dual degree 

students each term. Scholarship determinations are made at the time of application and admission. Scholarships are 

generally awarded on a per course basis and commitments are made at the time of admission and apply to the entire 

program, subject to academic performance. Periodically there are named scholarships provided by various real estate 

organizations or development companies. 

In addition, there are work opportunities both on, and off campus, and they are relatively plentiful. However, students in 

the dual degree program may find it impossible to complete their degree requirements timely if they are working off 

campus, or more than 10 hours per week. However, the MRED student listserv posts openings periodically as they are 

brought to the attention of the Program by alumni, friends, faculty and sponsors. 

Applicants should inquire as to the availability of funding for the term they are starting. Colvin Institute scholarships are 

typically for a portion of tuition only, and are paid on a per course basis as students progress through the program. 

Contact Information 

Find additional information on program offerings, degree requirements, admissions, and financial aid on the School's 

Web site (www.arch.umd.edu). 

Schedule a visit and tour online at: http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/advising/. Be sure to contact the Program 

Director for real estate development (mmcf@Umd.edu) if you wish to attend a sampling of classes while here. 

Sign up to receive an invitation to our Graduate Open House online at: 

http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/admissions/information_request.cfm 

For further information about the Architecture Program, please contact Madlen Simon AIA, Associate Professor and 

Architecture Program Director, grarchadvise@umd.edu, 301-405-8000. 

For further information about the Real Estate Development Program and the Colvin Institute, please contact Margaret 

McFarland, JD, Director of Graduate programs in Real Estate Development and the Colvin Institute of Real Estate 

Development, mmcf@Umd.edu. 

Additional information on Case competitions, samples of student work, as well as syllabi and adjunct faculty can be 

found at the School's web site (www.arch.umd.edu. You will also find the Colvin Institute offering outreach and 

information at the ICSC in Las Vegas each May, at the ULI National Conference each October, and at many local 

events of Bisnow, ICSC, ULI, CREW, WIRRE and HAND. 

Madlen Simon, AIA, Director, Architecture Program 

University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Building 145, Faculty Suite 

College Park 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301.405.8000 

mgsimon@umd.edu 

www.arch.umd.edu 

Margaret McFarland, JD, Director, Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development 

University of Maryland School of Architecture Planning and Preservation Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development 

ARC 145, Suite 1243 College Park 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301 .405.8000 or 301 .405.6790 (no voice mail messages) 

mmcf@umd.edu 



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http://www.arch.umd.edu/real_estate_development/ 

Courses: 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Urban Studies and Planning 
Historic Preservation 

Art History and Archaeology (ARTH) 

Abstract 

The Department of Art History and Archaeology offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of 

Philosophy degrees in Art History. The Program is committed to the advanced study and scholarly interpretation of 

works of art from the prehistoric era to the present and is grounded in the concept of art as a humanistic experience. 

The faculty offers expertise in all phases of the history of Western art as well as the arts of Africa, the Americas, and 

East Asia. 

Admissions Information 

For admission to the Master's program, students should have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college 

or university, or its equivalent. Although the applicant must demonstrate a general knowledge of art history, an 

undergraduate major in art history is not required. Students are required to submit the Graduate Record 

Examination scores for admission. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 12 
Preferred: December 12 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 12 
Preferred: December 12 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. Transcripts 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. Statement of Goals & Research 

5. Writing Sample 

6. Hard copy mailed Deborah Down 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

For the Master's degree, the student will: complete 30 credit hours at the 600 and 700 levels (at least 9 of these 

credits must be 700 level seminars; 6 are for thesis research; and one course must be ARTH 692, Methods of Art 

History); maintain a grade of B or better in coursework; pass the departmental language examination in French or 

German, or in a language appropriate to the area studied (such as Japanese); complete a thesis that demonstrates 

competency in research and in original investigation; and successfully defend the thesis. Please contact the 

Graduate Secretary for information regarding course distributional requirements. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

A total of thirty-three credit hours, after the M.A. degree, is required for the Ph.D. program. This involves seven 

courses (21 credit hours), including Methods of Research (ARTH 692) if not previously taken; the final twelve credit 

hours will be Dissertation Research (ARTH 899). For the direct Ph.D. --in which the M.A. degree is bypassed-the 

student must complete a total of fifty-seven credit hours, including Methods of Research (ARTH 692) and fourteen 

other courses, in at least five of the eleven areas specified above in the description of the Master's program; the 

final twelve credit hours will be Dissertation Research (ARTH 899). 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Art Library houses approximately 92,000 volumes as well as a vast body of auxiliary material, including about 

70,000 sheets of microfiche. The Department's Visual Resources Center contains approximately 300,000 slides and 

digitized images. The University Art Gallery, also located in the Art/Sociology Building, maintains a lively and varied 

exhibition schedule and has a permanent collection of twentieth-century American prints, drawings and paintings, 

collections of Japanese prints, and African objects. The Department maintains its own Lloyd and Jeanne Raport 

study collection of some 130 objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Americas. 

The Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, part of the Art History Department, is designed to foster 

innovation in teaching and research by combining cutting-edge visual technology with an environment that 

encourages collaboration among faculty, students, and external scholars. The Collaboratory combines space for 

work and for meetings with advanced technology and helpful staff to provide a venue in which teachers and 



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students can gather to work, share ideas, and find the resources necessary to explore new technologies and pursue 
intellectual interests. 

The University of Maryland is located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and is 30 minutes from the National 
Gallery of Art and the National Gallery's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Corcoran Gallery, the 
Phillips Collection, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the 
Museum of African Art, the Freer and Arthur M. Sackler Galleries, which are devoted to the art of East Asia, the 
National Museum of Women in the Arts, and many other major art museums. The campus is a 40-minute drive from 
such Baltimore institutions as the Walters Art Gallery and the Baltimore Museum of Art. In addition to the 
University's library resources, graduate students have access to the Library of Congress, the Archives of American 
Art, the libraries of Dumbarton Oaks, and other research facilities. In order to enhance the student's curricular 
choices, the Department maintains an arrangement for course exchange with the Art History department of the 
Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. To similar effect, the Department is a member of the Washington Area Art 
History Consortium, which unites the graduate art history departments of the greater Washington area. 
The Department organizes a variety of liaison activities with leading cultural institutions in the Washington-Baltimore 
area. The Middle Atlantic Symposium in the History of Art is sponsored jointly by the Department and the National 
Gallery of Art; this annual event provides the opportunity for advanced graduate students from universities in the 
Middle Atlantic region to present their research at a professional forum. Special seminars are frequently given by 
curators of such local collections as the National Gallery of Art, the Freer Gallery, or the Department of Prints and 
Photographs at the Library of Congress. A program has been initiated whereby CASVA Fellows will meet with our 
students for informal colloquia. The department also co-sponsors international symposia such as Van Dyck 350 with 
the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and other local institutions. 
Financial Assistance 

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of merit by the College of Arts and Humanities and by the Graduate School. 
Several graduate assistantships are awarded by the Department. Also, four Museum Fellowships are awarded each 
semester by the Department of Art History for research at major museums in the Washington-Baltimore area. 
Approximately thirty graduate students are fully supported with stipends and tuition each semester. The 
Department's Frank Di Federico Fellowship, in memory of the late Professor Di Federico, is for work on the doctoral 
dissertation. In honor of its former chairman, the Department has established the George Levitine Art History 
Endowment, in support of research activities of graduate students as well as faculty. The Jenny Rhee Fellowship 
supports research, travel, and other educational expenses. The Department has recently received a generous gift 
from the Robert H. Smith family which includes three graduate fellowships. Graduate students in arts of the United 
States may apply for Department-administered Luce American Art Dissertation Research Awards. 
Contact Information 

For more information on Departmental requirements and any other information, please view the Department's web- 
site, or contact the Graduate Secretary. 
Deborah Down, Graduate Secretary 
1 21 1 B Art/Sociology Building 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: (301) 405-1487 
Fax:(301)314-9652 
ddown@umd.edu 

http://www.arthistory-archaeology.umd.edu 
Courses: ARTH 

Art Studio (ARTT) 

Abstract 

The Department of Art offers a program of graduate study leading to the Master of Fine Arts degree. The program's 

Graduate Faculty consists of over 15 active professional artists specializing in the traditional studio areas of painting, 

sculpture, printmaking, drawing and digital media. Additional interests are reflected in the program's course offerings, 

including areas such as new genre and installation i.e computer based work. 

Admissions Information 

To apply to the MFA Program applicants are encouraged to complete the Graduate School application available online 

at www.gradschool.umd.edu/admission. Applicants are also required to pay the requisite appliation fee. 

For admission to the graduate program, The Department of Art requires an undergraduate degree with a major in art 

from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent. A minimum of 30 credit hours of undergraduate work in studio 

courses and 12 credit hours in art history courses is recommended. 

The MFA Degree is the final degree in studio art. Only the highest level of undergraduate artistic achievement is 

appropriate for graduate application. The Department of Art seeks students who have developed coherent bodies of 

work that are personal and focused. This body of art work, as professionally documented on CD's, Videos or websites 

is the primary basis for admittance. -i 

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Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

• No Tests 

• 3 Letters of Recommendation 

• 1 set of complete transcripts reflecting undergraduate and graduate work 

• 20 Digital Images, website/software or videos/videos documentation 

(Work samples are submitted through slideroom. For instructions on how to submit portfolio submissions go to 
http://umdart.slideroom.com.) 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) 

Candidates for the Master of Fine Arts Degree must complete a program that consists of 60 credit hours. These 60 

credit hours are distributed as follows: 30-33 credits in Studio, 0-3creditsDesign Practicum and/or Teaching Internships, 

6 credits in Art History/Art Theory, 12 credits in Graduate Colloquium and 9 credits in Masters Thesis Research. 

Graduate Reviews, with committees made up of Graduate faculty members take place at the end of each semester. 

Each MFA candidate in his/her final semester must select a thesis advisor with a thesis committee. Students must 

present their artwork in a Thesis Exhibition, usually installed in the Art Gallery at a designated time near the end of the 

spring semester. Students must also develop a written component to the Thesis (These have varied in length from five 

to 50 pages), and present an oral defense of the Thesis to the Thesis committee. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Studio facilities are spacious and well-equipped. Painting students are able to work in oils, acrylic, watercolor, fresco 

and encaustic. The sculpture area includes a woodshop, a welding and forging area, a stone and related materials 

area, and an active foundry. Printmakers can choose to work in intaglio, lithography, photo-etching, silkscreen or 

woodcuts. Drawing facilities are also available as well as special project rooms. Each graduate student is provided with 

a studio and access to models and classroom facilities. Sculptural installations may be built both indoors and outside on 

the grounds. 

Within the building housing the Department of Art, there are two galleries and two libraries. The University of Maryland 

Art Gallery, an independent unit that works closely with the Department of Art, features national and international 

contemporary and historical exhibitions as well as faculty and annual MFA Thesis shows. The Herman Maril Art Gallery 

is a student organized gallery that features student exhibitions, lectures, special projects and a space for social 

activities. The Art Library, separate from the large research libraries on campus, has an outstanding collection of books, 

catalogues, periodicals and reproductions, all indexed on computer and CD ROM systems. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department offers eight teaching assistantships and one fellowship. A number of Graduate School Fellowships are 

also available. Applications should be submitted by January 15 for consideration for a graduate assistantship or 

fellowship. 

Contact Information 

For further information, contact: 

Danielle M. Curtis/MFA Administrative Assistant 

University of Maryland College Park Department of Art 

rm. 1 21 1 E Art/Sociology Building #1 46 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-1445 

Fax:301-314-9740 

DCurtis2@umd.edu 

http://www.art.umd.edu 

Prof. Brandon Morse, Graduate Director 

Rm.1 21 1 E Art-Sociology Bldg #146 

MD 207421311 

Telephone: 301-405-1462 

Fax:301-314-9740 

bmorse1@umd.edu 

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Astronomy (ASTR) 

Abstract 

The Department of Astronomy offers programs of study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy 

degrees. A full schedule of courses covering most fields of astronomy is offered. Some areas in which the faculty focus 

their research efforts are comets, interplanetary dust, planetary dynamics, star and planet formation, extrasolar planets, 

mm wavelength astronomy, the interstellar medium, active galaxies, plasma astrophysics, high energy astrophysics, 

theoretical and computational astrophysics, and cosmology. 

Admissions Information 

Because of the large number of qualified applicants, the Department of Astronomy has had to restrict formal admission 

to the Graduate School to those who have shown particularly outstanding work in their undergraduate records. Students 

who enter the graduate program are normally expected to have strong backgrounds in astronomy, physics, and 

mathematics. A student with deficiencies in one of these areas may be admitted but will be expected to remedy such 

deficiencies as soon as possible. 

Note that the Department of Astronomy accepts applications for the Ph.D. program only. (Admitted students typically 

receive an M.S. degree after their second year in the program.) 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; 
International Applicants seeking admissions 
under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas and 
immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General and GRE Physics Subject Test is required (University of Maryland institution code is 5814). 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation. 

3. Statement of Purpose or Essay. 

4. One copy of your official transcripts (translated in English). You must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0. 

5. International applicants must submit the Certification of Finances form. 

6. TOEFL or IELTS test scores required for international students if English is not your native language. 

7. Other materials such as curriculum vitae, resume, or other papers are accepted. 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

Candidates for the non-thesis option of the M.S. degree are required to complete 30 credits, including six of the nine 

principal Astronomy graduate courses (18 credits), with the remaining 12 credits consisting of classroom courses or 

research credits in Astronomy or supporting fields. One or more scholarly papers are required, usually fulfilled by the 

2nd-year project report. The student must also pass a written examination, normally consisting of the written part of the 

Ph.D. qualifying examination with appropriately chosen passing requirements. 

Candidates for the thesis option of the M.S. degree (less common) are required to complete 30 credits, including eight of 

the nine principal Astronomy graduate courses (24 credits) and 6 credits of thesis research (ASTR 799). A written thesis 

is required and must be successfully defended in an oral examination. The student must also pass a written examination, 

normally consisting of the written part of the Ph.D. qualifying examination with appropriately chosen passing 

requirements. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Course requirements for the PhD in Astronomy currently consist of eight courses, at least six of which must come from 

the nine principal Astronomy graduate courses 601 , 606, 61 0, 61 5, 620, 622, 630, 670, and 680. A qualifying exam 

based on these courses is given in the summer after the second year. A research project is required of all students in the 

second year of graduate study. Admission to the PhD program is based on course work, the research project and the 

qualifier. 

Students choose a research stream depending on their interest within the field. Courses beyond the required eight are 

often necessary for advanced research. This will be assessed by the student's thesis committee. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

In collaboration with four other excellent astronomy departments, the University of Maryland operates CARMA 

(Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy), the most powerful millimeter-wave telescope in the 

northern hemisphere. Located in the Inyo Mountains of eastern California, CARMA is an array of 23 linked radio dishes. 

Astronomers use CARMA primarily to study radio waves emitted by molecules and dust in the coldest parts of the 

universe. CARMA saw "first light" in late 2005, and it is used by students and other researchers for a wide range of 

projects. It is ideally suited for the study of planetary and star formation, the birth and evolution of galaxies, and the 

feeding of supermassive black holes that power active galactic nuclei. Maryland astronomers receive guaranteed 

observing time on CARMA. 

A number of our students conduct research with distinguished scientists at the nearby NASA Goddard Space Flight 



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Center. The University's scientific partnership with Goddard has recently been further strengthened via the creation of 
the Joint Space Science Institute (JSI) in 2010. The first component of JSI is a black hole center, a close collaboration 
between the Departments of Astronomy and Physics and Goddard scientists that is unique in addressing all 
observational and theoretical aspects of black hole research. 

The Department has also recently established a partnership with Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC). PUC, 
one of the top two institutions for astronomy in Chile, signed an agreement with UMD in 2010 that enables astronomy 
graduate students at both institutions to participate in a joint Ph.D. program starting in their third year. These students 
split their time between both locations and conduct their thesis research under the supervision of UMD and PUC co- 
advisors. UMD students gain improved access to Chilean observatories, which include many of the best telescopes in 
the world. 

Starting in 2012, the Department will have guaranteed access to the 4.3-meter Discovery Channel Telescope through a 
partnership with Lowell Observatory. The Department also has strong interaction with national astronomy observatories, 
where many students and faculty maintain observing programs, and with neighboring scientific institutes, including the 
Naval Observatory, the Naval Research Lab, and other government agencies. The planetary science team is heavily 
involved with space missions visiting solar system bodies, such as NASA's Deep Impact and EPOXI missions to study 
comets. 

There is an extensive network of workstations available for use in the Department. The network provides seamless 
access to software and hardware on a variety of UNIX and LINUX platforms. The computational astrophysics group 
maintains and upgrades a Beowulf cluster for computation-intensive science projects and has additional access to a 
larger cluster maintained by the University. 
This Department is associated with the following research units and facilities: 

• Combined Array for Research in Millimeter Astronomy (CARMA) 

• Laboratory for Millimeter Wave Astronomy 

• Center for Theory and Computation (CTC) : Astronomy Dept. center for theory- and computation-related research programs. 

• Joint Space Science Institute (JSI) : Partnership between Astronomy, Physics, and NASA/Goddard, with an initial emphasis on high 
energy astrophysics, especially black holes. Established 2010. 

• Center for Research and Exploration in Space Science and Technology (CRESST) : Partnership between UMCP, UMBC, USRA, and 
NASA/Goddard, with an emphasis on high-energy astrophysics. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department of Astronomy offers both teaching and research assistantships. Essentially all full-time graduate 

students receive full financial support. Most students receive assistantships to cover the summer period. These are 

either with faculty in the Department or with staff members at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. Some summer 

teaching assistantships are also available. The deadline for financial support applications is January 15th for 

assistantships and fellowships. 

Contact Information 

For more specific information, contact: 

Graduate Entrance Committee 

Dept of Astronomy Univ of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20742-2421 

Telephone: (301)405-3001 

Fax:(301)314-9067 

astr-qrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.astro.umd.edu/ 

Courses: ASTR 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Physics 

Atmospheric and Oceanic Science (AOSC) 

Abstract 

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science offers graduate study leading to the Master of Professional 
Studies, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Course work in atmospheric and oceanic sciences is 
also offered at the upper division and graduate level as a service to other campus graduate programs. The 
educational program is broadly based and involves many applications of the mathematical, physical and applied 
sciences that characterize modern atmospheric sciences and physical oceanography, including climate and earth 
system science, and multidisciplinary studies of the interrelationship among the atmosphere, the oceans, the land, 
and the biota. The Department's advanced degree programs are designed to prepare students for participation in 
contemporary research in the atmospheric and oceanic science. Research specializations include: atmospheric 
dynamics; atmospheric chemistry; physical oceanography; air pollution; atmospheric radiative transfer; remote 
sensing of the atmosphere, ocean, and land; climate variability and change; data assimilation; numerical weather 
prediction; severe storms; surface-atmosphere, ocean-atmosphere and biosphere-atmosphere interactions; and 
earth system modeling. The curriculum includes a set of Core courses to provide a fundamental background in 
atmospheric and oceanic dynamics, physical meteorology and atmospheric chemistry, earth system science and 

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climate, as well as advanced specialized courses. Supervised research using state-of-the-art facilities then prepares 

the students for future contributions in their chosen field. 

The Department's close association with federal agencies in the Washington area provides graduate students with 

good training and opportunities in atmospheric and oceanic science. As a research assistant, the student has the 

opportunity to develop a close working relationship with one or more of the scientific agencies. 

Admissions Information 

In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the department requires a Bachelors or higher degree in 

meteorology, oceanography, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, engineering or other program with suitable 

emphasis in the sciences. We welcome applications from those with no background in atmospheric sciences. The 

Core courses offered in the first year of study present students with the necessary background in atmospheric and 

oceanic science for the more advanced courses. The minimum undergraduate background includes 3 semesters of 

calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, 3 semesters of calculus-based physics, and 2 semesters of 

chemistry, one semester of computer programming. Scores from the GRE General Examination are also required. 

The application deadline for domestic students is January 15 if applicants are competing for funding. Otherwise, if 

applicants are self funded, applications can be submitted through May 15. 

Note: Applicants must get approval from the AOSC Department to apply to the Spring semester. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: October 15 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 
PhD and MS Program 

1 . Application 

2. Research Interests 

3. GRE Scores 

4. TOEFL Scores (International Only) 

5. Official Transcripts 

6. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

7. Resume/Publications (Optional) 
Master of Professional Studies 

1 . Application 

2. Official Transcripts 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. Statement of Purpose 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

The Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department offers a non-thesis program leading to the Master of Science 

Degree. The requirements include course work, a scholarly paper and presentation, and a comprehensive 

examination. This program provides fundamental training to prepare students for research and operational work in 

the atmospheric and oceanic sciences. 

Each new student will be assigned to a faculty advisor whose interests parallel those of the student. The faculty 

advisor will assist in the development of the student's course program and will follow the student's progress 

thereafter. The student may select an alternate advisor at any time, although financial support is dependent upon 

the availability of funds. 

The student must submit an M.S. degree course plan and a tentative schedule for completion by the end of the first 

nine credit hours. A minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework is required for the degree program. This must 

include 24 hours of 600-level AOSC courses, including core courses listed below. The remaining 6 semester-hours 

can come from additional 600-level courses, AOSC 811 (department seminars) or equivalent (pending approval by 

the Graduate Director), and AOSC 798 (Directed Graduate Research). For AOSC 81 1 or AOSC798, a maximum of 

3 credit hours is acceptable toward the degree. The purpose of the scholarly paper is to demonstrate the ability to 

conduct original or literature research. The paper will become part of the permanent archive of the Department. A 

Ph.D. dissertation prospectus will satisfy this requirement. 

The Comprehensive Examination consists of written and oral portions. The written portion is composed of questions 

covering the subject areas of the following Core courses: AOSC 61 0, 61 1 , 620, 621 , 61 7 and 680. AOSC 61 1 can 

be replaced by AOSC 600 for those students with a specialization in Chemistry who get approval from their advisor, 

the AOSC Graduate Director, and Department Chair. 

All requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within a five-year period. This time limit applies to any 



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transfer work from other institutions to be included in the student's program. A full-time student can easily complete 

the M.S. degree in two years. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science offers a program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree 

(Ph.D.) in atmospheric and oceanic science. This program is designed to furnish the student with the background 

necessary to carry out independent and original scientific research. To earn the Ph.D., the student must complete a 

course work requirement, pass the Candidacy Examinations, and prepare and defend a dissertation. 

A student seeking a Ph.D. degree will be assigned to a faculty advisor whose interests parallel those of the student. 

The academic advisor will establish and chair an advising committee which will oversee the student's degree 

program. 

The course work requirement is 30 semester hours of 600-level or above AOSC Department courses. In addition, 

the student must take 12 credits of AOSC 899 (Doctoral Dissertation Research). Students may wish to take a 

number of the core courses in order to prepare for the Qualifying Examination. In addition, there is a Minor course 

requirement of six semester hours of ancillary courses taken beyond the bachelor's degree in a related scientific 

area at the 600-level or above. These credits must have a unified or coherent theme. Students may petition the 

Department for a waiver of a portion of these requirements based on credits earned at another institution at the 

graduate level. 

A student seeking the Ph.D. degree in atmospheric and oceanic science must pass the Candidacy Examinations, 

which are divided into two parts - The Qualifying Examination and the Specialty Examination. During the Specialty 

Examination, the student must present and defend a dissertation prospectus to the examination committee. 

Following successful defense, the student advances to candidacy. Ability to perform independent research must be 

demonstrated by a written dissertation. The dissertation should be an original contribution to knowledge and 

demonstrate the ability to present the subject matter in a scholarly style. Upon completion of the dissertation the 

candidate is required to present the research results at an Atmospheric and Oceanic Science Department seminar 

and to defend the material to the satisfaction of a Final Examining Committee appointed by the Dean for Graduate 

Studies. 

Full-time students are expected to complete the Qualifying Examination by the end of the second year of graduate 

study and be admitted to candidacy by the end of the third year. Students must be admitted to candidacy within 

three years after admission to the doctoral program and at least six months before the date on which the degree will 

be conferred. The student must complete the entire program for the degree, including the dissertation and final 

examination, during a four-year period after admission to candidacy. 

Graduate Track for Accomplished Scientists 

Graduate students with exceptional scientific achievements may, through written petition to the Graduate Director, 

replace the written portion of the Comprehensive Exam with a seminar followed by an oral examination. To qualify 

for this track, the candidate needs to meet the following requirements: 

1) have an earned MS degree in atmospheric or oceanic science, or a related field, ordinarily from an accredited 

American university, and receive approval from the five-member Departmental Examination Committee. 2) have 

published at least five, peer-reviewed, Science Citation Index (SCI) journal articles in atmospheric, oceanic, or a 

closely related science. He or she must be the lead or corresponding author of at least three of those papers. 

The candidate must present an open seminar on his/her past research followed by a closed oral exam by the 

Examination Committee of at least three faculty plus the Graduate Director, and the Admissions Committee Chair. 

Two or more negative votes constitutes failure. The final decision will be subject to review by the committee of the 

whole. 

Masters of Professional Studies (M.P.A.O.) 

Master of Professional Studies (MPAO) The Master of Professional Studies in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science is 

designed for meteorologists, oceanographers and environmental scientists who need cutting-edge skills and 

knowledge in atmospheric and oceanic science, in the computational methods used in our field, and in air quality 

science. The Director of Professional Studies will advise students in planning his or her course of study, and will 

provide career advice and The degree is earned by successful completion of ten 3-credit courses. Students must 

complete two out of the following three Certificate programs, each of which consists of four courses, plus two 

courses from the remaining Certificate Program. Certificate #1, in Computational Methods in Atmospheric and 

Oceanic Science, develops computer skills needed to understand weather and climate analysis and prediction 

technologies. It is earned by successful completion of AOSC 630, AOSC 650, AOSC 684, and one of AOSC 614 or 

AOSC 615. Certificate #2, in General Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, provides a broad phenomenological 

understanding of weather and climate, and the dynamical, thermodynamical and radiative processes that drive 

them. It is earned by successful completion of AOSC 431 , AOSC 617, AOSC632 and AOSC 670. Finally, Certificate 

#3, in Air Quality Science and Technology teaches the physical and chemical principles that govern air quality and 

allow for analysis and prediction of extreme weather. It is earned by successful completion of AOSC 424, AOSC 

600, AOSC 637, and either AOSC 624 or AOSC 625. The MPAO program is designed with the needs of working 

professionals in mind, and can be completed on a part-time basis over no more than 5 years, or on a full-time basis 

in 1 year and one semester. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department participates in the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and the Cooperative 

Institute for Climate Studies (CICS). These institutions conduct research, and offer opportunities for graduate 

research beyond those offered by the department faculty. In addition, the Department maintains close research and 

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teaching associations with Departments of Mathematics and Chemistry, as well as the Institute for Physical Science 

and Technology (IPST), Center for Scientific Computation and Mathematical Modeling (CSCAMM), and nearby 

government agencies including NOAA, NASA, ONR, USDA, NIST, and Marylands Department of the Environment 

and Department of Natural Resources. 

Special facilities that support the Department's teaching and research activities include sophisticated computing 

facilities allowing access to a variety of atmospheric and oceanographic datasets, a laboratory for atmospheric 

chemistry, a mobile air pollution laboratory, access to research aircraft, a variety of supercomputers, radar, 

windprofiler at Fort Meade, historical data. Most importantly the students are encouraged to exploit the resources of 

the nearby government laboratories: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, NOAA National Centers for 

Environmental Prediction. 

The Department maintains a specialized library with several hundred text and reference books in meteorology and 

allied sciences, specialized series of research reports, and many journals. The campus provides a main library as 

well as specialized libraries in chemistry, astronomy, and engineering. Several excellent government libraries in the 

area, including the Library of Congress, the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Archives, and the 

NOAA libraries provide unsurpassed resources. 

The University of Maryland is located in an area of unparalleled professional resources. Because of its proximity to 

the nation's capital, The University of Maryland is able to interact closely with the many governmental groups 

interested in various aspects of the atmospheric, oceanic and earth system sciences. Scientists from government 

laboratories participate in many aspects of graduate education, such as giving lectures in classes, presenting 

research results in seminars, and serving on dissertation committees. Likewise, the Department faculty often attend 

and participate in the seminars, colloquia and scientific workshops being held at these neighboring institutions. 

The Washington, D.C. chapter of the American Meteorological Society consists of about 400 members who hold 

professional meetings each month. The Washington, D.C. area is frequently the site of national and international 

conferences, most notably of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American 

geophysical Union. In addition to the various government and academic institutions, the Washington metropolitan 

area contains numerous well-known private contractors and consulting companies involved in meteorology and 

oceanography, which provide employment opportunities for students both before and after graduation. 

As a member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the department enjoys the common facilities 

offered by the National Center for Atmospheric Research such as research aircraft and supercomputers. 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. Research assistants carry out research in the 

areas of physical and dynamic meteorology, physical oceanography, data assimilation, remote sensing, 

atmospheric chemistry, air pollution, climate dynamics, atmospheric radiation, severe storms, global climate change, 

and ocean-atmosphere and atmosphere-biosphere interactions. Fellowships are also awarded by the Graduate 

School to the most qualified applicants. In addition, hourly employment is available in the Department and off 

campus. Stipends are maintained at a competitive level. 

Contact Information 

Tamara Hendershot 

3409 Computer and Space Science Building 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-5389 

Fax: (301 )-31 4-9482 

tammy@atmos.umd.edu 

http://www.atmos.umd.edu/ 
Courses: AOSC 

Biochemistry (BCHM) 

Abstract 

The Graduate Program in Biochemistry offers study leading to Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. 
Research specialization is available in protein structure, dynamics, and function, protein-protein and protein-nucleic 
acid interaction, protein and nucleic acid biochemistry, RNA structure, dynamics, interactions, and function, 
macromolecular folding, proteomics, mass spectrometry, biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, 
X-ray crystallography, enzyme mechanisms, drug metabolism, bio-organic chemistry, membrane structure and 
function, and metabolic regulation. Several of the biochemistry program faculty are members of the Center for 
Biomolecular Structure and Organization or the Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research. Further 
information about the Biochemistry Graduate Program can be found at 

http://www.chem.umd.edu/graduateprogram/phdinbiochemistry and http://www.chem.umd.edu/. 
Admissions Information 

Admission to graduate study at the University of Maryland requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), 
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or equivalent degree. While the area in which the degree has been earned need not be 
chemistry or biochemistry, previous coursework must normally include a minimum of 30 semester or 40 quarter 



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hours of chemistry, with at least 1 year of physical chemistry, 1 year of organic chemistry and 1 semester of 

biochemistry, as well as laboratory courses in organic chemistry and biochemistry. A laboratory course in analytical 

chemistry is also preferred. Typical overall grade point averages for successful applicants are 3.0 or greater (on a 

scale where the average grade is 2.0), and averages in science and math courses are generally higher than this. 

Three letters of reference indicating a potential for independent, creative scientific research are also required. 

The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Applicants from non-English 

speaking countries must also present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the 

Test of Spoken English (TSE). 

The above requirements represent minimum requirements and the competition for available space may limit 

admissions to persons with credentials above these minimum requirements. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General required 

2. GRE Subject recommended 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation (sent electronically) 

4. TOEFL scores for international students 

5. Transcripts (Originals must be sent to Enrollment Services Operations, Room 0130 Mitchell Building, University of 
Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 

6. "Statement of Goals & Research Interests" and "Statement of Experiences". (These can be submitted separately or 
as a single document.) 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

The M.S. degree program offers both the thesis and non-thesis options. Twenty-four course credits and six research 

credits are required for either option. The thesis option requires one seminar presentation and an oral defense of the 

thesis. Specific regulations are available from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or on the internet at: 

www.chem.umd.edu. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Twenty-one course credit hours, with twelve credits of research, two seminar presentations, an oral exam for 

advancement to candidacy, preparation and defense of an independent research proposal, and a final dissertation 

defense are required for the doctoral degree. Specific regulations are available from the Department of Chemistry 

and Biochemistry or on the internet at: www.chem.umd.edu. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Biochemistry faculty and graduate students work in well-equipped, state-of-the-art research laboratories. 

Instrumentation and facilities that are available for research in biochemistry include analytical and preparative 

ultracentrifuges, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometers, X-ray diffractometer, phosphorimager, 

circular dichroism spectrometer, DNA sequencing facility, electron microscopes, fluorescence microscopes, flow 

cytometer, animal colony, fermentation pilot plant, and a chemistry-biochemistry library. 

Financial Assistance 

Ph.D. candidates are normally supported on graduate teaching assistantships during their first year as graduate 

students. Teaching assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return 

a tuition waiver of ten credits each semester, salary, and health care benefits. Ph.D. candidates are normally 

supported in subsequent years on graduate research assistantships. Financial support is not generally available to 

M.S. candidates. 

Contact Information 

Information on requirements and research interests of the faculty may be obtained at www.chem.umd.edu or from: 

Graduate Programs Office 

0129 Chemistry Building, 

University of Maryland, College Park, 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301 ) 405-7022 or 301 -405-1 028 

Fax:301-314-9121 

chembchmadm(5>umd.edu 



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http://www.chem.umd.edu/ 

Courses: BCHM CHEM BISI BIPH CBMG CHPH 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Biological Sciences 

Biophysics 

Chemistry 

Chemical Physics 

Biology 

Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics 

Center for Biomolecular Structure and Organization 
Engineering: Bioengineering 



Biological Sciences (BISI) 

Abstract 

The Biological Sciences (BISI) Graduate Program offers a wide range of training opportunities for students interested 

in pursuing doctoral level research in exciting, diverse areas across the biological sciences. BISI is an umbrella 

program comprised of four Concentration Areas: 

Behavior, Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (BEES) 

Computational Biology, Bioinformatics, and Genomics (CBBG) 

Molecular and Cell Biology (MOCB) 

Physiological Systems (PSYS) 

Please indicate your interest on the Application Supplemental Form or send questions via email 

to bioloqicalsciences@umd.edu. 

Graduate students join a Concentration Area, but they may switch once on campus and may develop innovative 

research projects across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Descriptions of each Concentration Area, faculty research 

interests, and more detailed programmatic information are available at bisi.umd.edu. 

Although the BISI Program is administered within the College of Chemical and Life Sciences, it involves distinguished 

graduate faculty from many departments and several colleges at the University of Maryland as well as outstanding 

adjunct faculty from nearby research institutions. Students may have opportunities to work with participating scientists 

from - as examples - the National Institutes of Health; Smithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History, National 

Zoo, and Molecular Systematics Laboratory; the Food and Drug Administration; United States Department of 

Agriculture; and the Institute for Genomic Research. Thus, BISI students have an incomparable wealth of potential 

research options and collaborations that extend from Maryland's College Park campus throughout the Washington 

D.C. metropolitan area. 

Admissions Information 

All students applying to the Biological Sciences Graduate Program must have a Bachelor's degree from a recognized 

undergraduate institution. Applicants are expected to have a strong academic record, including coursework in 

advanced areas of biology as well as at least one year of calculus, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics. 

Able students with deficiencies in a particular area may be admitted and the deficiency corrected after enrollment. The 

Graduate Record Examination General Test is required; the Subject Test in Biology is recommended. On the 

Application Supplemental Form (ASF) part of the online application, applicants should indicate one, or at 

most two, Concentration Areas of interest within BISI. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 
Preferred: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 
Preferred: December 15 





Application Requirements 



University of Maryland application for graduate studies 

Academic transcript(s) 

Statement of purpose/research interests and professional objectives (can be reasonably broad; 1 -2 pages in length) 

3 letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's abilities and aptitude for graduate work 

Scores of the Graduate Record Exam General Aptitude Test (institutional code is 5814; departmental code not 



1 

2 

3 

4 

5. 

required) 



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6. Scores of the Graduate Record Exam Advanced Biology Test (optional, but recommended) 

7. International students must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL, internet based 
exam, iBT). Maryland's institutional code is 5814; no departmental code is needed. 

8. Applicants in BEES and PSYS are encouraged to contact BISI faculty with shared research interests. To explore 
matches of your interests with those of BISI faculty, see the BISI website, bisi.umd.edu . 

Degree Requirements 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. program in Biological Sciences is a research program providing opportunities for students to develop 

scholarly, innovative, and independent work. Courses are designed to strengthen and complement the student's 

research. An advisory committee helps guide each student in selecting classes and other learning experiences. 

Students are encouraged to present their research at national and international meetings and to publish in peer 

reviewed journals. Seminar series featuring prominent scientists expose students to exciting topics and help students 

develop collaborative contacts. During the course of their studies, each student must pass a qualifying exam, complete 

and defend an original dissertation, and present their thesis work in a seminar. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The campus and local area provide students access to a vast array of instrumentation, equipment, facilities, and 

technologies to advance biological research. As examples, the college has state of the art facilities for research in all 

aspects of cell and molecular biology including cell and organism culturing, protein and nucleic acid analyses, peptide 

sequencing, oligonucleotide synthesis and sequencing, fluorescence, confocal microscopy, scanning and transmission 

electron microscopy, computer graphics for molecular modeling, NMR, mass-spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction. 

Students have access to a laboratory for evolutionary molecular sequence analysis; gas source stable isotope mass 

spectrophotometer; bioacoustic lab; flume lab; GIS (graphic information systems) lab; and high-speed network access 

to a wide range of desktop and super-computing facilities. Greenhouses and animal care facilities are available. 

We also have several state-of the-art shared instrumentation laboratories. Two center around biological imaging for 

both electron and light microscopy, including a field-emission scanner and an image reconstruction/deconvolution 

microscope. Another shared laboratory augments existing sequencing facilities on campus, enabling large-scale 

processing and sequencing of nucleic acids, with multiple robotic sequenators and real time PCR. Other core facilities 

provide instrumentation for fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS), NMR, mass spectrometry, and microarray 

technology. Equipment and analytical instruments are available in both faculty and core laboratories for the 

maintenance of animal and plant tissue cultures, for the production of monoclonal antibodies, for the synthesis and 

micro-analysis of proteins, for large-scale fermentation and cultivation of microorganisms, and for computer assisted 

molecular modeling. Support staffing in shared instrumentation facilities is provided by the college, and maintenance 

costs have been subsidized by the college, thereby providing even occasional users with appropriate training and 

access, and simultaneously keeping instrument use costs low. This strategy provides exceptional opportunities for 

research and training, and enables graduate students to perform experiments with instrumentation that is at the 

leading edge of biological technology. 

Students have access to the Smithsonian National Museum and USDA collections of living and preserved organisms. 

Library Facilities: The library facilities on campus, as well as their online accessibility, are outstanding. In addition, 

there are libraries in the local area with specialized collections. The most important are the National Agricultural 

Library, the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, and the Smithsonian Institution Library. Thus, the 

University of Maryland's region contains perhaps the most comprehensive collections of books and journals in the 

world. 

Financial Assistance 

Students are supported through fellowships, research assistantships, and/or teaching assistantships. Each type of 

funding provides a stipend, tuition remission, and access to health and dental insurance and a prescription drug plan. 

Historically, all students have been supported throughout their graduate careers. 

Fellowships are offered on a competitive basis. Students who apply by the December 1 5 deadline are automatically 

considered for fellowships. There are no separate financial disclosure forms to fill out as part of the graduate 

application process. 

Teaching assistantships require students to assist a faculty member in teaching a course or lab section(s). Benefits of 

teaching assistantships include building communication and organizational skills as well as resume enhancement for 

academic, government, or private sector jobs. It is also delightfully rewarding to explain concepts to students and then 

witness their excitement as ideas "click" and their questions are resolved. 

Contact Information 

Students are strongly encouraged to communicate directly with faculty in the area of their interest. Additional general 

information may be obtained by emailinq bioloqicalsciences(a>umd.edu or by calling the Biological Sciences Graduate 

Office at 301 -405-6991. 

Please visit the Biological Sciences Graduate Program website, featuring a search engine to match research interests 

with faculty and links to all Concentration Areas: bisi. umd.edu 

International students with questions about the application process should visit the University of Maryland's Office of 

International Services website at http://www. international. umd.edu/ies/97 or email iesadv@deans.umd.edu 

Dr. Michelle Brooks, Associate Director 

2112 Bioscience Research Building 

University of Maryland College Park 

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MD 20740 

Telephone: 301-405-3273 

biologicalsciences@umd.edu 

Courses: BEES BISI CBMG BIOL MOCB BIOM BSCI ENTM 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Biochemistry 

Biophysics 

Chemistry 

Entomology 

Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Veterinary Medical Sciences 

Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology 

Biophysics (BIPH) 

Abstract 

The Biophysics Program in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology offers Ph.D. degrees in Biophysics. It is 
affiliated with the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences, and the College of Engineering. Doctoral 
degrees are offered. 

The Maryland Biophysics Program aims to train graduate students in the use of theoretical, computational, and 
experimental methods to gain quantitative insights into biological systems. The post genomic era is bringing tools for 
unprecedented characterization and control of living systems. To fully harness these tools for quantitative insights in 
biology, biomedicine, and bioengineering requires expertise from a number of disciplines. Thus our program includes 
faculty from Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Materials Science and Bioengineering. The Biophysics Program is open to 
students with undergraduate degrees in chemistry, physics or biology as well as students with majors in mathematics, 
computational science or engineering. Because student backgrounds are diverse, we tailor the curriculum to suit the 
needs of the individual. The online application is located at apra@umd.edu. 

Research areas include Membranes and channels, Theory of molecular machines and motors, Cell mechanics, Motility 
and the cytoskeleton, Theoretical studies of protein and RNA folding and aggregation, Single molecule biophysics, 
Theory of hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions Scattering Techniques in RNA and Polymers Protein Structure, 
Nonlinear dynamics and biophysics of biological regulation, Mechanisms of allostery and protein assembly. The core 
courses that include but are not limited to Statistical Mechanics, Chemical Thermodynamics, Biophysical Chemistry, 
Membrane Biophysics and Cell Biology, constitute the basis for further specialization. 
Admissions Information 

Students dedicated to a career in experimental or theoretical biophysics are sought. General GREs are required and a 
Subject GRE (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Physics) is also required but may be waived under certain 
circumstances. For international individuals acceptable TOEFL scores are required. A resume or curriculum vitae and 
official transcripts are required. A personal statement of 500-1000 words which covers (1) life experiences and research, 
and (2) goals for research in biophysics is an integral part of the admissions process. Prior research experience is highly 
desirable. Three or more letters of recommendation must be included. The electronic admission process is through the 
link: apra.umd.edu. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; 
International Applicants seeking admissions 
under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and 
immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 





Application Requirements 

See Admissions Information above 
Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

One course, Research in Biophysics, which consists of three seven week rotations through three experimental or 
theoretical research groups, is required of all students. A short presentation must be made to all students at the end of 
each rotation. Students must meet and report their progress to a three-person mentoring committee starting with the first 
semester. A qualifier exam must be passed. Admission to candidacy is granted after the successful presentation of a 
research proposal to the Program Director and the three-member committee. A dissertation must be written and 
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Facilities and Special Resources 

Eleven of the eighteeen faculty run experimental laboratories. Multiple experiments are conducted at the same time with 

graduate students working on the experiments. A Biophysics Seminar is run on the average of once a week, generally 

given by visiting scholars. For those students electing to take the Seminar for credit, one credit is offered, and these 

students must sign in each week. Faculty form three-person committees to mentor students, as mentioned above. 

Symposia consisting of about six nationally and internationally known scholars are conducted once a semester on 

various topics. These are well attended by students, postdocs, faculty and visitors from local institutions such as NIH and 

Johns Hopkins. 

Financial Assistance 

TAships, RAships, Fellowships, arrangements for support from the National Institutes of Health. 

Contact Information 

www.marylandbiophysics.umd.edu 

Caricia J. Fisher, Program Coordinator 

Biophysics Program, 2112 IPST Bldg 085 Institute for Physical Science and Technology 

University of Maryland College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301)405-9307 

Fax:(301)314-9404 

cjfisher@umd.edu 

marylandbiophysics.umd.edu 

Professor Wolfgang Losert, Director, Biophysics Program 

Biophysics Program 3341 AVWilliams (Bldg 115) 

University of Maryland College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301)405-0629 

Fax:(301)314-9404 

wlosert@umd.edu 

marylandbiophysics.umd.edu 

Courses: CHEM BCHM BIOL BSCI BIOE PHYS ENMA BIPH 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Chemical Physics 

Chemistry 

Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering 

Physics 

Biological Sciences 

Biochemistry 

Business and Management (BMGT) 

Abstract 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Business 
Administration (M.B.A.), Masters of Science in Business (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The school's M.B.A. 
program is accredited nationally by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). 
Only about 607 programs in the world are accredited by the AACSB, a reflection of the quality of the faculty, students, 
curriculum, and career management. 

The Smith School of Business faculty has been recruited from the graduate programs of leading universities 
nationwide. They are dedicated scholars, teachers, and researchers with a strong commitment to academic excellence 
and the education of the professional manager and researcher. The Smith School of Business is dedicated to 
preparing graduates to lead organizations in an economy driven by technology, globalization, and rapid change. The 
Smith School curriculum integrates an in-depth education in core business functions - accounting, entrepreneurship, 
finance, information technology, logistics, management, and marketing - with cross-functional e-business areas - 
electronic commerce, financial engineering, services marketing, and supply chain management. 
Admissions Information 

Admission criteria for the MBA program are based on: quality of undergraduate and graduate coursework; score on 
the GMAT or GRE; 2 letters of recommendation; professional experience; and written essays of objectives. 
Prospective applicants may contact the program at (301) 405-2559 for information regarding the MBA program. 
Admission criteria for the EMBA program are based on: quality of undergraduate and graduate coursework; 2 letters of 
recommendation; professional experience; and written essays of objectives. Prospective applicants may contact the 
program at (301) 405-2559 for information regarding the EMBA program. 

Admission criteria for the MS program focusing in accounting are based on: quality of undergraduate and graduate 
coursework; 2 letters of recommendation; professional experience; and written essay of objectives. Prospective 
applicants may contact the program at (301) 405-2559 for information regarding the MS program. 

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Admission criteria for the MS program focusing in finance are based on: quality of undergraduate and graduate 

coursework; GMAT or GRE score, 2 letters of recommendation; professional experience; and written essay of 

objectives. Prospective applicants may contact the program at (301 ) 405-2559 for information regarding this MS 

program. 

Admission criteria for the MS program focusing in information systems are based on: quality of undergraduate and 

graduate coursework; GMAT or GRE score, 2 letters of recommendation; professional experience; and written essay 

of objectives. Prospective applicants may contact the program at (301) 405-2559 for information regarding the MS 

program. 

Admission criteria for the MS program focusing in supply chain management are based on: quality of undergraduate 

and graduate coursework; GMAT or GRE score, 2 letters of recommendation; professional experience; and written 

essay of objectives. Prospective applicants may contact the program at (301) 405-2559 for information regarding the 

MS program. 

Admission criteria for the MS program focusing in marketing analytics are based on: quality of undergraduate and 

graduate coursework; GMAT or GRE score, 2 letters of recommendation; professional experience; and written essay 

of objectives. Prospective applicants may contact the program at (301) 405-2559 for information regarding this MS 

program. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 

MBA Program 
. GMAT or GRE 

• 2 letters of recommendation 

• Essays 

• Undergraduate/Graduate transcripts 

• Resume 

• TOEFL (for international applicants) 
MSB Program 

• GMAT or GRE (not required for accounting program) 

• 2 letters of recommendation 

• Essay 

• Undergraduate/Graduate transcripts 

• Resume 

• TOEFL (for international applicants) 
Executive MBA Program 

• 2 letters of recommendation 

• Essays 

• Undergraduate/Graduate transcripts 

• Resume 

• TOEFL (for international applicants) 
Degree Requirements 

Master of Science in Business: Accounting (M.S.) 

Participants in the Master of Science in Business: Accounting program gain the leading-edge knowledge and skills 
they need to bring exceptional value to their firms in today's high-stakes accounting arena - and earn an advanced 
accounting degree from one of the world's leading business schools. The curriculum is relevant, practical and 
applicable from day one, focusing on such key issues as: internal audit application and practice, current trends in 
corporate governance, the role of managerial accounting in overall management planning and control structure, fraud 
prevention, deterrence, detection, and control, and IT security, IT controls and IT auditing. 
Master of Science in Business: Marketing Analytics (MS) 

The MS in Business: Marketing Analytics will give you the cutting-edge knowledge and skills you need to apply 
marketing analytics to daily business practice. The program will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the 
mathematical and statistical models and tools needed for customer analysis in the context of marketing problems. 
Master of Science in Business: Supply Chain Management (MS) 



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The MS in Business: Supply Chain Management program will prepare you to discover emerging opportunities and 

lead innovation on a global scale. Whether you're a recent graduate with an interest in how goods move around the 

world or a manager who would like to broaden your understanding of the global supply chain, our curriculum will 

prepare you for new and growing career options in this dynamic industry. 

Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Nursing (MBA/MSN) 

Students are eligible to pursue a joint degree through the Robert H. Smith School of Business and the University of 

Maryland School of Nursing, located in Baltimore, Maryland. Information about the Nursing Program can be found at 

http://nursing.umaryland.edu/ 

Master of Science in Business: Information Systems (MS) 

The MS in Business: Information Systems program is ideal for those who understand the value of technology and are 

interested in gaining the knowledge to manage it. You will learn how information is captured, organized, managed and 

analyzed, preparing you to lead in the ongoing technology revolution. Get ready to harness the power of information 

and help move your organization to the next level. 

Master of Science in Business: Finance (MS) 

The MS in Business: Finance program provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in the 

complex and networked world of finance. 

MBA/MPP Joint Program Degree (MBA/MPP) 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business and the School of Public Policy offer a joint program of studies leading to the 

MBA and MPP degrees. Under the terms of the joint program, a student may earn both degrees in approximately five 

semesters. The accelerated program is possible because some courses can be credited toward both degrees. 

Candidates must be admitted to both programs. Information about the MPP degree can be found at 

http://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu 

Under the joint program, 66 credits are required for graduation, split about equally between the programs. Grade point 

averages in each program will be computed separately and students must maintain minimum standards in each school 

to continue in the program. A student must complete both programs satisfactorily in order to receive both degrees. A 

student whose enrollment in either program is terminated may elect to complete work for the degree in which he or 

she remains enrolled, but such completion must be upon the same conditions as required of regular (nonjoint 

program) degree candidates. Student programs must be approved by the Associate Dean of the School of Public 

Policy and the Associate Dean for Masters Programs. For further discussion of admission and degree requirements, 

students should see the general admission requirements for each program. 

MBA/JD Joint Program Degree (MBA/JD) 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business and the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore offer a joint 

program of studies leading to MBA and JD degrees. Under the terms of the joint program, a student may earn both 

degrees in four academic years. The accelerated program is possible because some courses can be credited toward 

both degrees. Candidates must apply for admission to the Law School as well as to the MBA program at College Park 

and must be admitted to both programs. Information about the JD program can be found at 

http://www.law.umaryland.edu/index.html 

Twenty-one credits of law will be substituted for MBA elective coursework. Grade point averages in each program will 

be computed separately and students must maintain minimum standards in each school to continue in the program. 

The Graduate School will not accept transfer credit from coursework taken outside the joint program. A student must 

complete both programs satisfactorily in order to receive both degrees. The MBA and the JD degrees must be 

awarded simultaneously. A student whose enrollment is terminated in one program may elect to complete work for the 

degree in which he or she remains enrolled, but such completion must be upon the same conditions as required of 

regular (nonjoint program) degree candidates. Student programs must be approved by the law school adviser for the 

joint program and the Associate Dean for Masters Programs. For further discussion of admission and degree 

requirements, students should see the above and consult the entry in the University of Maryland School of Law 

catalog. 

Master of Business Administration/Master of Science (M.B.A/M.S.) 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business is a global leader in integrating business management and technology. Smith 

MBAs can take advantage of this strength in the joint MBA/MS degree program and leverage their managerial skills 

with studies that develop research and technological skills in finance, accounting, information systems, or supply chain 

management. Students may apply for admission to the MBA/MS degree program at the beginning of the application 

process or at the end of their first year in the MBA program. Students must complete all required courses for both 

programs and reach a total of 66 credits. 

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business offers an MBA program designed to provide the educational foundation for 

those students with the potential to exhibit the highest degree of excellence in future careers as professional 

managers. The MBA program requires 54 credits of coursework, which is normally four semesters for a full-time 

student. There is no thesis requirement. Successful students in the program are expected to demonstrate the 

following: (1 ) a thorough and integrated knowledge of the basic tools, concepts, and theories relating to professional 

management; (2) behavioral and analytical skills necessary to deal creatively and effectively with organizations and 

management problems; (3) an understanding of the economic, political, technological, and social environments in 

which organizations operate; (4) a sense of professional and personal integrity and social responsibility in the conduct 

of managerial affairs both internal and external to the organization. 

Students whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 will be placed on probation and will be given a 

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specified amount of time to raise the average to a 3.0. Failure to do so will result in academic dismissal from the 

program. 

Maryland MBA graduates obtain employment in a wide spectrum of organizations at highly competitive starting 

salaries. 

Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) 

The EMBA program is designed for mid-career professionals to high-level executives who desire a systemic approach 

to managing and leading corporate functions. Admission to the EMBA program is highly competitive and is based on 

significant and relevant professional and managerial work experience, prior academic performance, and personal 

attributes. The Robert H. Smith School of Business seeks to attract an internationally and professionally rich student 

population, diverse across industry and functional expertise. 

Master of Business Administration/Master of Social Work (M.B.A./M.S.W.) 

This program provides a unique combination of skills for those who wish to become managers of social service 

agencies. Elective courses can be taken at either the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore, or at 

the Robert H. Smith School of Business. This program requires 90 total credit hours for graduation and can be 

completed in three years. More information on the School of Social Work can be found at 

http://www.ssw.umaryland.edu 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Office of Career Services (OCS) provides dedicated, professional support to help students launch their careers. 

The center links students directly to recruiters through a variety of services, including on- and off-campus recruitment 

and the online resume database, which matches a Smith MBA to the right industry position. The OCS also participates 

in regional and national career forums and job fairs, such as the National MBA Consortium, the National Black MBA 

Conference, the National Hispanic MBA Conference, the National Association of Women MBA's Conference, and the 

Career Services Council. 

The Smith School is located in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. /Northern Virginia corridor. This region offers one of the 

highest concentrations of culture, diversity, and career opportunities in the country. 

Financial Assistance 

Financial aid is available to qualified full-time and Executive MBA students in the form of fellowships, graduate 

assistantships, and scholarships. 

Contact Information 

The Smith School of Business has available brochures that give specific degree requirements for the MBA, EMBA, 

and MS Programs. Program information is available online at http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu. Initial inquiries should be 

directed to: 

MBA/MS Admissions 

2303 Van Munching Hall, College Park, 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-2559 

Fax:301-314-9862 

For MBA inquiries, please contact mba_info@rhsmith.umd.edu. For MS inquiries, please contact 

ms_info@rhsmith.umd.edu 

http://www.rhsmith.umd.edu 

Courses: BMGT BUFN BUAC BUDT BULM BUMK BUMO BUSI 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Real Estate Development 

Business and Management:Doctoral Programs (BPHD) 

Abstract 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Business 
Administration (M.B.A.), Masters of Science in Business (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The school's M.B.A. 
program is accredited nationally by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). 
Only about 607 programs in the world are accredited by the AACSB, a reflection of the quality of the faculty, students, 
curriculum, and career management. The Smith School of Business faculty has been recruited from the graduate 
programs of leading universities nationwide. They are dedicated scholars, teachers, and researchers with a strong 
commitment to academic excellence and the education of the professional manager and researcher. The Smith 
School of Business is dedicated to preparing graduates to lead organizations in an economy driven by technology, 
globalization, and rapid change. The Smith School curriculum integrates an in-depth education in core business 
functions - accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, information technology, logistics, management, and marketing - 
with cross-functional e-business areas - electronic commerce, financial engineering, services marketing, and supply 
chain management. 
Admissions Information 

Admission criteria for the Ph.D. program are based on: (1) quality of undergraduate and graduate coursework; (2) 
score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE); (3) letters of 

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recommendation; (4) other relevant information and professional experience; and (5) a written essay of 

objectives/statement of goals. Prospective applicants may call (301) 405-2214 for information regarding the Ph.D. 

program. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

PhD Program: 
. GMATorGRE 

• 3 letters of recommendation 

• Official Undergraduate/Graduate transcripts 

• Written essay of Objectives/Statement of Goals 

• TOEFL (for international applicants) 
Degree Requirements 

Doctor of Philosphy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. program is a full-time program designed to produce outstanding scholars in management-related 
disciplines. Thus, a strong research philosophy pervades the entire program. The low student-to-faculty ratio fosters a 
high degree of interaction between faculty and students on research projects of mutual interest, frequently culminating 
in journal articles. Students whose career aspirations are congruent with the program's research orientation can look 
forward to a learning experience that is not only demanding but also stimulating and enriching. Graduates of the 
program have accepted positions at various academic institutions including: Boston College, College of William and 
Mary, Cornell University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Hong Kong 
University of Science and Technology, Indiana University, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), Lehigh University, McGill 
University, National Taiwan University, National University of Singapore, Notre Dame, Penn State University, 
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Texas A & M University, 
University of Houston, University of California (Davis), University of California (Los Angeles), University of Southern 
California, University of Texas, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt University. All Ph.D. 
students are provisionally admitted and must achieve at least a 3.25 GPA in each of their first two semesters. Failure 
to do so results in being placed on probation for one semester. The student will then be dismissed unless a 3.25 
overall GPA is obtained. Ph.D. course requirements depend on the amount of relevant prior study. Preparation in 
calculus is required for admission. The Ph.D. student may select a single major (18 credits), one minor (12 credits), 
and a set of research tools courses (12 credits). Every Ph.D. student must register for a minimum of 12 dissertation 
research credits during the program. Major areas of research may be chosen from among such fields as accounting 
and information assurance, finance, organizational behavior/human resource management, strategic management, 
information systems, operations management/management science, marketing, and supply chain management. 
Minors and second majors may include areas inside or outside the Smith School of Business. Typical outside minors 
include economics, engineering, mathematics, psychology, and sociology. Students are required to take a written 
comprehensive examination in their major area. Additional exam(s) may be required. Upon successful completion of 
all departmental requirements, including (though not limited to) coursework and comprehensive exam(s), the student 
is advanced to candidacy. Each Ph.D. candidate prepares a formal dissertation proposal and presents it at an open 
meeting of faculty and students. The proposal should clearly indicate how the dissertation will make a contribution to 
the literature of the field. Ultimately, each Ph.D. candidate is required to prepare and formally defend the completed 
dissertation at an open meeting of faculty and students before officially graduating from the Ph.D. Program. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a PhD Program Suite, where every student has access to office space 
and supplies. Students have access to software and research computing tools. 
Financial Assistance 

Financial support is available to doctoral students in the form of fellowships, graduate assistantships, and 
scholarships. 
Contact Information 

More information is available at our website www.rhsmith.umd.edu/doctoral. 
The Robert H. Smith School of Business PhD Program Office 

Robert H. Smith School of Business - Doctoral Programs 3330 Van Munching Hall University of Maryland 
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Telephone: (301)405-2214 

Fax:(301)314-9611 

businessphd@rhsmith.umd.edu 

www.rhsmith.umd.edu/doctoral 
Courses: 

Chemical Physics (CHPH) 

Abstract 

The Chemical Physics Program is a program of study and research leading to Master of Science and Doctor of 
Philosophy degrees for students who wish to enter professional careers requiring an in-depth knowledge of both physics 
and chemistry. Students can choose research topics across many disciplines including biophysics, chemistry, physics, 
chemical engineering, electrical engineering, materials and nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering and 
meteorology. 

The Chemical Physics Program is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in physics, chemistry, or 
engineering who are sufficiently well prepared in mathematics and the physical sciences to undertake graduate training 
in physics and physical chemistry. Formal course offerings in quantum mechanics, quantum chemistry, spectroscopy, 
thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, statistical mechanics and biophysics prepare a student to explore the broad 
range of research topics at the University of Maryland. Research areas of the Chemical Physics faculty include: the study 
of single molecules as well as gases, surfaces, solids and polymers by means of laser-light, electron scattering, and 
nanomicroscopies; the study of dynamic phenomena from atom-molecule collisions to protein-folding and 
hydrodynamics; thermodynamics from phase transitions and critical phenomena to combustion; the statistical 
mechanical theory of phase transitions, fluid dynamics and non-equilibrium phenomena; the quantum mechanical theory 
of molecules and molecular dynamics; atmospheric physics and chemistry; and biophysics. 

The Chemical Physics Program is sponsored by the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and seven academic 
departments: Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, 
Materials and Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Meteorology. Formal arrangements with the National 
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) allow students to perform 
research off campus under the supervision of a government scientist associated with the program and a Chemical 
Physics faculty member. The Chemical Physics Committee oversees the program and is made up of representatives 
from the sponsoring units with the Program Director as chair. The Chemical Physics Program Office administers the 
program and is affiliated with the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. A booklet describing Chemical Physics 
at Maryland, College Park, can be obtained from the Chemical Physics office upon request. 
Admissions Information 

The program is for students with undergraduate degrees in chemistry, physics or engineering. For those students with 
degrees in other disciplines, knowledge of calculus, differential equations, and vector algebra, as well as introductory 
mechanics, electricity and magnetism, and quantum mechanics is ordinarily expected. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; 
International Applicants seeking admissions 
under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and 
immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. GRE Subject (in Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics) 

3. Three Letters of Recommendation 

4. Test of Spoken English (TSE), required for international applicants 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Students must pass the written Qualifying Examination passed at the Ph.D. level, normally taken at the beginning of the 
second year. Maintain a B average, present a scholarly paper research presentation, 24 graduate course credits 
including: 1 . Two credits of seminar, 2. Advanced laboratory course, 3. Advanced course outside of the student's main 
field of study at the 600 level or above. In order to advance to Ph.D. candidacy, the student must submit a scholarly 
paper and make an oral presentation. The paper and presentation are evaluated by a candidacy committee consisting of 
at least two faculty members, generally including the advisor and a member of the advisory committee. Students with a 
well-developed thesis topic and research results are expected to include these results together with further research 
plans in their paper and presentation. Students less far along with research will present background material and 



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summaries of the research areas in which they will be working. A concise review of the literature is expected, along with 
a bibliography of the most important literature. The length of the paper is expected to be between approximately 20 
double space pages (12-point font) with 1-inch margins. The paper is to be submitted to the candidacy committee at 
least two weeks before the date of the oral presentation. The presentation is to last approximately 50 minutes and can be 
part of regularly scheduled seminar series such as the Informal Statistical Mechanics Seminar or the Nonlinear 
Dynamics Seminar. Two members of the candidacy committee must be present and there should be sufficient time for 
questions and discussion. Within 1 2 to 18 months after beginning Ph.D. research, the student is to select a Ph.D. Thesis 
Examination Committee. 12 credits of CHPH899 (Ph.D. dissertation research, only available after advancement to Ph.D. 
candidacy) Written Ph.D. dissertation. The format of the dissertation (font, margins, etc.) must follow the University of 
Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide. 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

Admission to the program is generally limited to Ph.D. students. Students can earn a thesis or a non-thesis M.S. degree 
while working towards the Ph.D. degree. In order to earn a non-thesis M.S. degree in Chemical Physics, students must 
pass the written Qualifying Examination at the M.S. level, maintain a B average, 30 graduate credits of which 24 must be 
course credits including: 1 .Advanced laboratory course 2. Two credits of seminar, can be included in the non-course 
credits 3. Advanced course at the 600 level or above The Examining Committee consists of at least two faculty members, 
who will read the scholarly paper and attend the oral presentation. The paper should provide an informative review of the 
research topic selected by the candidate in consultation with his/her academic and research advisors. The bibliography 
is a particularly important part of the paper and should include the most significant references to the topic. The length of 
the paper is expected to be approximately 20 double space pages (12-point font) with 1-inch margins. The presentation 
is to last approximately one hour and can be part of regularly scheduled seminar series such as the Informal Statistical 
Mechanics Seminar or the Nonlinear Dynamics Seminar. Two faculty must be present and there should be sufficient time 
for questions and discussion. For the thesis M.S. degree, students must complete a written masters thesis, maintain a B 
average, complete 30 graduate credits including: 1 .Six credits of CHPH799 - (M.S. thesis research) 2.24 course credits 
3. Two credits of seminar, can be included in the non-course credits 4. Advanced laboratory course 5. Advanced course at 
the 600 level or above The Thesis Examining Committee is to consist of at least three faculty members including the 
research advisor. The Examination Committee will review the M.S. thesis, attend the oral presentation and participate in 
the defense of the thesis. The thesis is to consist of an introduction to the field of research with which the student is 
engaged, a clear statement of the problem under study, the objectives of the research, the approach taken, original 
results, interpretation, discussion, and conclusions. A concise review of the literature, and a bibliography of the most 
important literature should also be included. The M.S. thesis has no set length, but is typically 30 to 40 pages. The 
format of the thesis (font, margins, etc.) must follow the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

Incoming students are provided with private desk space and up to date computer facilities. There is a wide array of 
advanced equipment associated with the various research groups in the Program including scanning probe microscopes, 
high resolution spectrographs, ultra-short high-power lasers, multi-coincidence electron scattering spectrometers, and a 
fully equipped light-scattering laboratory. 
Financial Assistance 

Teaching and research assistantships are available for qualified students. There are also University and Chemical 
Physics Fellowships and fellowships in Biophysics (in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health) and Atomic, 
Molecular and Optical Science (in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology). 
Contact Information 

Requests for further information concerning the Chemical Physics Program can be obtained by writing to: 
Professor Michael A. Coplan, Director 
4203 Computer & Space Sciences Building 
MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4780 
Fax:(301)314-9363 
coplan@umd.edu 

http://www.chemicalphysics.umd.edu/ 

Courses: CHPH 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Biophysics 
Chemistry 
Biochemistry 

Chemistry (CHEM) 

Abstract 

The Department of Chemistry offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy 
degrees with specialization in the fields of analytical chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry, chemical 
physics (in cooperation with the Institute of Physical Sciences & Technology and the Department of Physics), 
environmental chemistry, inorganic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. 

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Admissions Information 

Admission to graduate study at the University of Maryland requires a minimum of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.), 
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or equivalent degree. While the area in which the degree has been earned need not be 
chemistry or biochemistry, previous coursework must normally include a minimum of 30 semester or 40 quarter hours 
of chemistry, with at least 1 year of physical chemistry, 1 year of organic chemistry and 1 semester of inorganic 
chemistry, as well as laboratory courses in organic chemistry and physical chemistry. A laboratory course in analytical 
chemistry is also preferred. Typical overall grade point averages for successful applicants are 3.0 or greater (on a 
scale where the average grade is 2.0), and averages in science and math courses are generally higher than this. 
Three letters of reference indicating a potential for independent, creative scientific research are also required. 
The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required of all applicants. Applicants from non-English 
speaking countries must also present the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test 
of Spoken English (TSE). 

The above requirements represent minimum requirements and the competition for available space may limit 
admissions to persons with credentials above these minimum requirements. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General required 

2. GRE Subject recommended 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation (sent electronically) 

4. TOEFL scores for international students 

5. Transcripts (Originals must be sent to Enrollment Services Operations, Room 0130 Mitchell Building, University of 
Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 

6. "Statement of Goals & Research Interests" and "Statement of Experiences". (These can be submitted separately or as a 
single document.) 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Twenty-one course credit hours, with twelve credits of research, two seminar presentations, an oral exam for 

advancement to candidacy, and a dissertation defense are required for the doctoral degree. 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

The M.S. degree program offers both the thesis and non-thesis options. Twenty-four course credits, including 2 

seminar credits and six research credits are required for either option. The thesis option requires one seminar 

presentation and an oral defense of the thesis. Copies of specific regulations are available from the Department of 

Chemistry and Biochemistry or on the internet at: www.chem.umd.edu. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department has many state-of-the-art research facilities to support research in the fields listed above. Facilities 

include "clean" rooms for environmental sample analysis, X-ray crystallographic instrumentation, five mass 

spectrometers, five NMR spectrometers including 400 (3), 500 (1), 600 (1) MHz Fourier-transform NMR 

spectrometers; an XPS spectrometer, Atomic Force Microscopes, ultracentrifuges, analytical optical spectrometers, 

and a state-of-the-art computer graphics facility. 

Departmental research is supported by a departmental server and many individual faculty work stations. The 

Department has an electronics shop, a student-faculty machine shop and access to other campus machine shops. 

The Chemistry Library has an extensive collection in chemistry, biochemistry and other fields. Electronic access to 

journals and literature search databases is available. A Macintosh workstation facility (25 units) is available in the 

Department for student/faculty use. 

Financial Assistance 

Ph.D. candidates are normally supported on graduate teaching assistantships during their first year in graduate 

school. Teaching assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return a 

tuition waiver of ten credits each semester, a salary and health care benefits. In subsequent years, Ph.D. candidates 

are typically supported on graduate research assistantships. Financial assistance is not generally available to M.S. 

candidates. 

Contact Information 

Information on requirements and research interests of the faculty may be obtained at www.chem.umd.edu or from: 

Graduate Programs Office 



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0129 Chemistry Building, 

University of Maryland- College Park, 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-7022 and (301)405-1028 

Fax:(301)314-9121 

chembchmadm(5>umd.edu 

http://www.chem.umd.edu/ 

Courses: CHEM 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Biophysics 
Biological Sciences 
Biochemistry 
Chemical Physics 

Classics (CLAS) 

Abstract 

The Department of Classics offers a graduate program of study with specializations in Latin or Latin and Greek, leading 
to the Master of Arts degree. The program provides students with advanced study of the Latin and/or Greek languages 
and literatures in the context of a broader and deeper knowledge and understanding of Greek and Roman culture and 
civilization. In addition to advanced courses in language, each student will be required to take coursework in related 
disciplines outside of the Classics Department. Some individual programs may require more than 30 hours. Students 
may choose one of two tracks toward the degree: Latin or Latin and Greek. 
Admissions Information 

In addition to the general requirements for admission established by the Graduate School (see "General Information" 
section in this catalog), applicants must demonstrate a proficiency in translating the ancient language(s) at the 
advanced undergraduate level. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: August 15 


Deadline: December 15 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . No Test 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Writing Sample 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The Latin program requires a minimum of 30 hours of approved coursework, which can include six credit hours of thesis 
research. Six credits of Latin may be taken at the 400 or 600 level. An additional twelve credits of Latin must be in 
courses at the 600 level or higher. Six credits must be from courses in a related field such as classical civilization, Latin 
pedagogy, art and archaeology, history, linguistics, philosophy, or any other approved allied course. These courses 
must be taken at the 400 level or higher. The final six credits may be taken as thesis credits or as two additional 600 
level Latin courses. Students must take LATN 4/672 (Historical Development of the Latin Language) and any two of the 
following: LATN 4/620, 4/622, 4/623, 4/624, 4/630. 

The Latin and Greek program requires a minimum of 33 hours of approved coursework, which can include six credits of 
thesis research. Three credits in the major language, e.g. Latin, may be taken at the 400 or 600 level. Fifteen additional 
hours in the major language must be at the 600 level or higher. Six credits in the minor language, e.g. Greek, may be at 
the 400 or 600 level. Six additional hours in the minor language must at the 600 level or higher. Three credits must be 
from a course in a related field such as classical civilization, Latin pedagogy, art and archaeology, history, linguistics, 
philosophy, or any other approved allied course. This course must be taken at the 400 level or higher. The final six 
credits may be taken as thesis credits or as two additional 600 level courses in the major language. Students choosing 
Latin as their major language must take LATN 4/672 (Historical Development of the Latin Language) and any two of the 
following: LATN 4/620, 4/622, 4/623, 4/624, 4/630. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Baltimore-Washington, D.C., area boasts of several outstanding classical libraries. Located in Washington, D.C., 



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are the Center for Hellenic Studies, the Byzantine Library of Dumbarton Oaks, and the Library of Congress. Students 

may also use the Eisenhower Library on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. 

Financial Assistance 

Teaching assistantships are available for outstanding applicants. 

Contact Information 

For more specific information on the program, please call or write: 

Prof. Judith P. Hallett, Director of Graduate Studies 

1210 Marie Mount Hall, University of Maryland, 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-2024 

Fax:301-314-9084 

jeph@umd.edu 

http://www.classics.umd.edu/ 
Courses: CLAS LATN GREK 
Related Programs and Campus Units 

Art History and Archaeology 

History 

English Language and Literature 

Womens Studies 

Philosophy 

Jewish Studies 

Clinical Audiology (CAUD) 

Abstract 

(Note: Applicants for the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology, please see SPLA; Applications for the 
Hearing and Speech Sciences Ph.D., please see HESP). Advanced graduate study in clinical audiology available 
through the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences includes the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program and the 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Audiology. Either of these doctoral programs is available to post- 
baccalaureate or post-masters students. A "fast-track" Au.D. option is available to post-masters students meeting 
certain criteria specified below. Both of these graduate programs provide curricula designed to meet the educational 
and clinical experiences required to obtain the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) of the 
American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Board Certification in Audiology by the American Board of 
Audiology (ABA). A dual degree program is available to CAUD students. Those students in the program who wish to 
pursue the Ph.D. in Clinical Audiology will earn the Au.D. at the point in doctoral training when they have completed 
all of the academic, clinical, and research requirements for this first professional degree. 
Admissions Information 

Admissions to the graduate program in Clinical Audiology is on a very competitive basis. Students admitted to the 
Au.D. or Clinical Ph.D. program in Audiology must have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 from a master's 
degree program, or 3.4 from a baccalaureate program in hearing and speech sciences, or related discipline. In 
addition to the Graduate School requirements, the Department requires all applicants to furnish scores on the 
Graduate Record Examination. Admission to both programs is primarily confined to fall matriculation, although 
students may enter the program in the summer session to complete undergraduate pre-requisites. Prospective 
applicants should note that decisions on summer and fall admissions are made in early March. Students must submit 
application materials for the fall semester by January 15. Applicants with an undergraduate degree in the hearing and 
speech sciences or a related field are considered for admission to the Au.D. and Dual Degree (Au.D./Ph.D.) 
programs, which usually require four and six years of graduate study, respectively. Individuals without a background 
in the hearing and speech sciences typically require an additional year to complete the degree requirements. Only 
full-time students are admitted to these post-BA programs. A "fast track" of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) program 
is available to practicing audiologists. Applicants to this fast track must have a graduate degree in Audiology with a 
minimum grade point average of 3.2 in graduate work, and either the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in 
Audiology (CCC-A) or a valid state license to practice audiology. Admissions requirements further include a minimum 
of two years of full time (32 hrs/week) post-masters professional audiological experience during the two years 
immediately preceding the application to the program and three letters of recommendation supporting these 
experiences. Students may enroll in the post-M.A. Au.D. program on a part-time basis. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A. E. G. H. I and L visas 


Deadline: January 15 





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and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

All applicants to the CAUD graduate program are required to furnish GRE scores taken within the last five years, 
three letters of recommendation, and official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate studies. Additionally, 
professional audiologists applying to the post-MA program must also submit evidence of ASHA certification or state 
licensure, and evidence of two years of full-time professional work as a clinical audiologist. 
Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) 

The Au.D. program for post-BA students requires 57 credit hours of graduate coursework, 4 credit hours for a 
doctoral capstone research project, 14 credit hours of clinical practicum registration, and 18 credit hours of full-time 
clinical internship registration, for a total of 93 credit hours. PLEASE NOTE that beginning in Spring, 2009, Au.D. 
students are no longer required to complete a dissertation for the Au.D. Degree. The Au.D. curriculum meets 
requirements specified in the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology of the American 
Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as those required for Board Certification in Audiology from the 
American Board of Audiology. Au.D. students must pass comprehensive examinations and complete a capstone 
research project. Full-time students are expected to complete the program in four years. The Au.D. program for 
returning students who already possess an M.A. degree in Audiology requires 30 credit hours of graduate 
coursework and 4 credit hours for a capstone research project. There is no minimum requirement of supervised 
clinical practicum experience, although clinical practicum will be available to students as needed. 
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Audiology (Ph.D.) 

The Dual-degree (Au.D. /Ph.D.) program requires 60 credit hours of graduate coursework, 6 credit hours of pre- 
candidacy research, 12 credit hours of dissertation research, 12 credit hours of clinical practicum registration, and 18 
credit hours of full-time clinical internship registration, for a total of 108 credit hours. The Dual-degree program is 
designed to meet requirements specified in the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology of 
the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and in the Handbook for Board Certification in Audiology of the 
American Board of Audiology. The program also meets all requirements of the Graduate School. Ph.D. students must 
develop an individual study plan with the approval of a faculty Program Planning Committee, pass comprehensive 
examinations, and complete a dissertation and oral defense. Full-time students are expected to complete the 
program in approximately 6 years. Students will earn an Au.D. degree on the way to the Ph.D. degree after they have 
successfully completed academic coursework, pre-candidacy research, clinical practicum, the 4th-year clinical 
externship, and comprehensive examinations. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences also offers the 
traditional Doctor of Philosophy degree, with major emphasis in either speech, language or hearing, for those 
students seeking careers in research or higher education without clinical training. For information about the Ph.D. in 
Hearing and Speech Sciences, please see HESP. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department's facilities include (1) numerous modern research laboratories equipped to support research in the 
areas of: acoustic phonetics, psychoacoustics, cochlear implants, hearing aids, infant and adult speech perception, 
neuropsychology, language, voice, fluency and electrophysiology. There are five sound-attenuating chambers, one 
semi-anechoic chamber, and one electrically-shielded chamber, devoted to research with humans, which are all 
integrated with computers and peripheral equipment for acoustic signal development, signal analysis, presentation 
and on-line data collection; (2) a Departmental library; (3) the Hearing and Speech Clinic at UMCP: this clinic serves 
as the initial practicum site for all students pursuing clinical training. The Clinic includes multiple audiological test 
suites equipped for diagnostic testing, a complete hearing aid dispensary, a group rehabilitation room, and state-of- 
the-art equipment for behavioral and electrophysiological diagnostic testing, as well as hearing aid selection and 
fitting. Ten speech and language diagnostic and therapy rooms are integrated with observation areas; and (4) an on- 
site language pre-school (LEAP, the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program), also equipped for observation. 
Students pursuing clinical training in Audiology will also have access to the Audiology Service, Division of Audiology- 
Head and Neck Surgery, of the University of Maryland and University Hospital in Baltimore (UMB), for part-time 
clinical rotations or full-time clinical externships. This Service provides a full range of auditory and vestibular 
diagnostic and rehabilitative services in a large metropolitan hospital setting. Students also engage in clinical 
activities in the Audiology Section of the Clinical Center as well as intramural research programs of the National 
Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the National Institutes of Health. All of the clinical and 
research facilities are potentially available for the conduct of student-directed research projects, or for student 
participation in faculty-initiated research projects. Additional research and clinical opportunities are available at 
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and at other facilities 
in the Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. The Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine and 
the libraries of various medical schools in the Washington-Baltimore area supplement the University's extensive 
libraries at College Park. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences participates in the Center for the 
Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing Training Program(C-CEBH), and the Neuroscience and Cognitive 

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Sciences graduate program (see NACS), which afford students the opportunity to work with faculty in other 

departments at the University of Maryland, College Park, or at UMB. 

Financial Assistance 

A limited number of graduate assistantships are available through the Department. Assistantships that carry 

teaching, research or clinical responsibilities are awarded on a competitive basis. The Department recommends 

outstanding students for Graduate School Fellowships. Students may also seek assistantships or doctoral fellowships 

sponsored by Federal agencies (e.g., NIDCD) or private foundations (e.g., American Speech-Language-Hearing 

Foundation; American Academy of Audiology Foundation). Students are encouraged to apply for assistantships by 

January 15. 

Contact Information 

Additional information about the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology (Au.D. or Ph.D.) may be obtained by 

contacting Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D., Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology, or by e-mailing the 

program at admissions@hesp.umd.edu; extensive information about the program and faculty are available at the 

Department's web site: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp 

Sandra Gordon-Salant, Ph.D., Director, Doctoral Program in Clinical Audiology 

0100 Lefrak Hall 

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-4214 

Fax:301-314-2023 

admissions@hesp.umd.edu 

http://www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp 

Courses: HESP 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Communication 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Communication (COMM) 

Abstract 

The department takes as its intellectual focus the strategic use of discourse in the public sphere. Departmental 
research focuses in feminist studies; health communication; intercultural communication; media studies; persuasion 
and social influence; public relations; and rhetoric and political culture. The Department encourages applications for 
graduate study from students wishing to pursue interests identified with one or more of these foci. The graduate 
program in Communication is designed for students whose educational objective is the Ph.D. degree (currently the 
program does not admit students whose degree objective is the M.A.) Most graduates of the doctoral program pursue 
academic careers; however, some work in public policy research and other professions requiring highly developed 
research skills. 

Admissions Information 

Students must hold a Bachelor's or Master's degree (or the equivalent) prior to enrollment in the Ph.D. program. 
Although most applicants to the program will have earned a degree in the communication field, others with an interest 
in studying communication may be admitted (with the possibility of additional courses assigned to remedy 
deficiencies). Admission to the Ph.D. program is based on the student's prior academic record, GRE scores, letters of 
recommendation, statement of goals and research interests, sample of scholarly writing, and other information 
relevant to the applicant's likelihood of completing the program. TOEFL is required of all international applicants 
(except applicants from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth Caribbean, Ireland, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand 
whose first language is English). 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: December 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: December 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . Official Transcripts from all Colleges attended 

2. GRE General 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 



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4. Sample of Scholarly Writing 

5. Submit statement of goals and experiences 

6. TOEFL for all international applicants (except applicants from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth Caribbean, Ireland, 
Canada, Australia, or New Zealand whose first language is English). The Test of Written English (TWE) is required for 
those not completing the IBT TOEFL. 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The Department of Communication is not currently admitting students whose terminal degree objective is 

the M.A. A minimum of 30 hours is required for the master's degree. Students who select the thesis option must 

complete and successfully defend an original research project that contributes to knowledge of communication. 

Those who select the non-thesis option must complete a comprehensive examination and a research paper in their 

area of interest. All students, regardless of option, are required to master the fundamentals of communication inquiry, 

including knowledge of communication research methods. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. requires (1) course work to prepare the student for a research program in communication, including work 

in a cognate discipline, and research methods; (2) a comprehensive examination that certifies mastery of disciplinary 

knowledge and preparation for independent research; and (3) completion and successful defense of a dissertation 

that advances knowledge of communication. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The campus provides extensive mainframe and personal computer resources and excellent library collections in 

communication. In addition, the Washington metropolitan area provides research and laboratory facilities for studying 

communication unmatched by other departments in the discipline. 

Financial Assistance 

Most departmental financial aid is in the form of graduate assistantships. However, a limited number of fellowships 

are available. The application deadline for financial aid is December 1 for best consideration. 

Contact Information 

For additional information on graduate study in Communication, contact: 

Professor Shawn J. Parry-Giles, Director of Graduate Studies 

Department of Communication 2130 Skinner Building 

College Park, MD 20742-7635 

Telephone: (301) 405-6527 

Fax:(301)314-9471 

commgrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.comm.umd.edu 

Ray Chang, Program Management Specialist 

2130 Skinner Building 

College Park, MD 20742-7635 

Telephone: (301) 405-0870 

Fax:(301)314-9471 

commgrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.comm.umd.edu 

Courses: COMM COMM 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

English Language and Literature 
Hearing and Speech Sciences 
Clinical Audiology 

Community Planning and Historic Preservation (CPHP) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 
Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Comparative Literature (CMLT) 

Abstract 

A separate degree program in the English Department, the Comparative Literature Program is committed to the 
comparative and transnational study of literature and other media. Combining its own dynamic resources with the 
particular strengths of the English Department and other units in the College of Arts and Humanities, the Program 



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focuses especially on Western Hemispheric and Transatlantic Studies and on Diasporic and Postcolonial Studies. 
Students in the Program work in at least two languages and national literatures, one of them Anglophone. The 
Comparative Literature PhD Program complements the current PhD Program in English, giving students a place to 
pursue true comparative studies. Students seeking admission to the PhD Program in Comparative Literature must 
demonstrate advanced language proficiency before entry into the Program, and commit themselves to achieving a high 
degree of intellectual expertise in two or more languages and national literatures. Graduates are as likely to find 
academic positions in departments of foreign languages as they are to find them in English. A doctoral degree in 
Comparative Literature can uniquely prepare them for a profession that more and more studies literatures and cultures 
within a globalized, transnational context. Students entering this small, elite PhD program will already hold an MA 
degree either in English or in another language/literature; students seeking admission with the BA should contact the 
Director of the Comparative Literature Program to discuss alternative possibilites for achieving the MA in preparation for 
the PhD program. Appicants interested in the Program should apply directly to Comparative Literature, not English. 
Admissions Information 

Applicants should have a strong background in arts and humanities. Students will not be admitted to the program 
without demonstrated proficiency in English and at least one other language. Each student must submit a critical writing 
sample (in English), three letters of recommendation, evidence of language proficiency, and GRE scores. International 
applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. Applicants will no longer be admitted to the Master of Arts program in 
Comparative Literature as of Fall 2006; admission is available to the Ph.D. Students with a BA should contact 
the director of the Comparative Literature program to discuss alternative possibilities for achieving an MA in 
preparation for the PhD program. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Critical Writing Sample 

4. Language requirement 

5. Personal Statement 

6. Statement of Intellectual and Academic Goals 

Degree Requirements 

(mfa) 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. degree normally entails at least 18 credits of course work (beyond M.A. courses) and 12 credits of 

dissertation research. Students take one course in Methodology (3 credits); one course in Theory (3 credits); 

two courses in Early Modern Literature (6 credits); and two courses in Modern Literature (6 credits). The 

designations early modern and modern remain flexible to accommodate different literary histories. In each of 

the two general periods, at least one course must be taken in the English Department in Anglophone or 

Comparative Literature and at least one course outside of the English Department in another 

language/literature. Students can use six credits of MA work to satisfy distribution requirements (though not 

total credit number requirements). Advising will address the depth, breadth, and coherence of each students 

course plan and, if necessary, coordination among different histories of the early modern and modern. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Comparative Literature Program combines the benefits of a small department with the opportunities 

available at a large research university located in suburban Washington, D.C. Students have access to such 

University resources as the rare books and special collections of McKeldin Library, the Program for Africa and 

Africa in the Americas, the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate program, and the Meyerhoff Center for 

Jewish Studies. Area resources include the extensive archival collections of the Library of Congress, the U.S. 

Archives, and the Folger Institute, as well as museums, galleries, embassies and cultural institutions in the 

Washington area and in the Baltimore-Philadelphia-New York corridor. 

Financial Assistance 

Comparative Literature students are eligible for graduate assistantships and university fellowships. Depending 

on available resources and the student's own expertise, teaching and research assistantships may be available 

either in Comparative Literature or in an affiliated department. 

Contact Information 



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For more specific information about the program, contact: 

Sheila Jelen, Director, Program in Comparative Literature, Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies 

2116 Tawes Hall, University of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-3839 

Fax:(301)314-7539 

cmltgrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.cmlt.umd.edu 
Courses: CMLT 

Computer Science (CMSC) 

Abstract 

The Computer Science Department's graduate program is ranked among the top in the nation and in the top ten 
among public universities. Both M.S. and Ph.D degrees are offered, and almost all full-time students receive financial 
aid in the form of assistantships, fellowships, and grants. The Department has strong research programs in the 
following areas: artificial intelligence, computer systems and networking, database systems, programming languages, 
software engineering, scientific computing, algorithms and computation theory, computer vision, geometric 
computing, graphics, and human-computer interaction. 
Admissions Information 

Admission and degree requirements specific to the graduate programs in computer science are described on our 
website, http://www.cs.umd.edu/Grad/catalog.html . A strong background in mathematics and theoretical computer 
science is necessary. The general Graduate Record Examinations (GRE's) are required. The subject GRE is 
recommended, but not required. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 
Preferred: December 15 


Deadline: October 1 
Preferred: October 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 
Preferred: December 15 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. GRE Subject highly recommended 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

The master's program offers two options: 1) 24 hours of coursework and completion of a thesis, or 2) 30 hours of 

coursework, comprehensive examinations, and completion of a scholarly paper. 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 

The program milestones include a nine-course qualifying sequence, a preliminary oral examination on a proposal for 

a dissertation and reading list in three related areas, and the dissertation defense. The number and variety of courses 

offered each semester enable students and their advisors to plan individualized programs. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The department is located in the A.V. Williams building. Each office has one or more wall plates, which contain 

ethernet, fiber optic, and telephone outlets. Most larger offices and labs have dedicated ethernet switches installed in 

the room, with two or more ethernet cables to each desk. Ethernet and fiber outlets are connected to ethernet 

switches running at 100 Mbit and Gigabit ethernet speeds, and running on a gigabit ethernet backbone. Cisco routers 

connect the building switches to the campus network and the internet via gigabit ethernet. 

The campus has a wireless ethernet network covering the entire building and much of campus, allowing mobile 

computing users to remain connected to the network while in meetings, conference rooms, hallways, visiting other 

offices, or roaming certain parts of the University of Maryland campus. The wireless network supports the 802.1 1a, 

802. 1 1 b, and 802. 1 1 g standards. 

Current research facilities include workstations running Sun Solaris, Redhat Linux, Apple OSX, and Microsoft 

Windows. There are over 100 terminals on graduate student desks that provide a choice of Redhat Linux, Microsoft 

Windows, or Sun Solaris as their native desktop operating system. Four public laser postscript printers with 

integrated black and white scanners, a color scanner, and a color laser printer are available for use. A public 



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workstation is available for burning CD and DVD discs. 
Financial Assistance 

Financial aid, in the form of teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships, is offered to qualified 

applicants. Almost all full-time students receive some type of financial aid. 

Contact Information 

For information on degree programs and graduate assistantships contact: 

Graduate Office 

1151 A.V. Williams Building 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-2664 

csqradof(a>cs. umd.edu 

http://www.cs.umd.edu/Grad 

Courses: CMSC 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Couple and Family Therpay (FCFT) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; 
International Applicants seeking admissions 
under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 



Creative Writing (CRWR) 

Abstract 

The MFA in Creative Writing provides a professional course of study for graduate students seeking to perfect their ability 
to compose poems, stories, and novels. While primarily affording students intensive studio or practical work within their 
chosen genre, the MFA in Creative Writing requires that students incorporate such work with a traditional study of 
literature. The goal of the MFA in Creative Writing is to provide an atmosphere in which students can both hone their 
skills as writers and gain a theoretical and historical understanding of their craft. 
Admissions Information 

In addition to fulfilling Graduate School requirements, applicants to the M.F.A. degree program should present a 3.0 
GPA. Applicants should submit a writing sample, for fiction, 25 pages, or for poetry, 10 poems, to the Office of the 
Creative Writing Program. Applications must be received by January 15. Admission is for the Fall semester only. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; 
International Applicants seeking admissions 
under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and 
immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 



1. GRE General recommended 



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2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Writing Sample 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) 

The M.F.A. degree program requires 36 credit hours of graduate work. The program balances courses in literature with 

writing workshops (30 hours), and requires a creative thesis (six hours). It offers concentrations in fiction and in poetry. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Resources for research in the College Park and Washington, D.C. area are unsurpassed. The university's libraries hold 

over 2,000,000 volumes. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers the 

specialized resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Archives, the Smithsonian 

Institution, and the National Center for the Study of the Visual Arts. 

UMCP is a member of the Consortium of Institutions in the Washington area, which permits graduate students at College 

Park to enroll in courses at other universities for graduate credit at UMCP. Graduate students in English also may take 

courses for graduate credit at the Folger Institute of Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Studies, which runs a series of 

seminars by distinguished scholars each year. 

Financial Assistance 

The Graduate School awards a small number of fellowships to candidates nominated by the various departments. In 

conjunction with the Graduate School, the English Department also awards teaching assistantships, the primary form of 

financial aid. Currently, about 85 teaching assistantships are awarded each year, and about 25 of these go to incoming 

students or to enrolled students who have not previously held them. 

Contact Information 

Additional information on admission, degree requirements, and financial aid can be obtained from: 

Lindsay Bernal, Academic Coordinator 

Creative Writing Program, 211 6D Tawes Hall, Department of English, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20740 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301-405-3820 

Fax:301-314-7539 

lbernal@umd.edu 

http://www.english.umd.edu/creativewriting 
Courses: ENGL 



Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRIM) 

Abstract 

The program of graduate study leading to Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the area of Criminology 

and Criminal Justice is intended to prepare students for research, teaching and professional employment in operational 

agencies within the field of criminal justice. This program combines an intensive background in a social science 

discipline such as criminology, criminal justice, sociology, psychology and public policy with graduate-level study of 

selected aspects of crime and criminal justice. 

In addition, the Department offers a joint J.D./M.A. degree with the School of Law of the University of Maryland, located 

in Baltimore, and a Traditional M.A. in Criminal Justice. 

A recent study of Department M.A. and Ph.D. alumni reveals that master's degree graduates have found employment in 

both public and private institutions in virtually every kind of activity associated with the criminal justice system: research; 

teaching; federal, state and local law enforcement; courts; corrections; private security; and funded programs. Ph.D. 

graduates have found employment mostly in teaching, research, and government agency administration. 

Admissions Information 

In addition to the general Graduate School rules, special admission requirements include the Graduate Record 

Examination (GRE - General exam), a major in a social science discipline and nine hours of coursework in appropriate 

areas of criminal justice. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 
Preferred: December 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 
Preferred: December 1 





Application Requirements 



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1. GRE General Exam 

2. Personal Statement of Goals/Purpose 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts and Doctor of Jurisprudence (M.A./J.D.) 

Please contact the program for more information. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. applicant who has already earned an MA/MS degree must have completed two statistics, two research 

methods, and two theory courses, one of each being at the Master's level. At the discretion of the Graduate Admission 

Committee of the Department, deficiencies in some of the above areas may be made up by non-credit work at the 

beginning of the program. Students whose highest degree is a BA/BS may choose to apply for entry either into the 

Traditional Masters program or directly into the Ph.D. program. Students admitted directly into the Ph.D. program will 

complete the requirements of the Traditional Masters program before beginning Ph.D. -level work. 

In addition to the general Graduate School requirements, competence in research methodology and in quantitative 

techniques is expected for the completion of the Ph.D. degree, as well as competence in theory and the criminal justice 

field. The necessary coursework is determined on the basis of the student's previous preparation, needs and interests. 

The candidate is also required to pass comprehensive examinations. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

For the M.A. applicant, the undergraduate major must have included at least one course each in theory, statistics and 

research methods. The general plan of study for the Traditional M.A. is as follows: 30 semester hours of courses 

consisting of: 1) five required courses that must be passed with a "B" or better (including two statistics courses); 2) six 

hours of thesis credit; and 3) three elective courses. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department houses the Maryland Justice Analysis Center. In addition, faculty maintain ongoing, funded research 

programs. These resources provide numerous opportunities for students to engage in policy development, research, 

and professional activities. 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate research and teaching assistantships and fellowships are available. Only those students whose applications 

are received by December 1st will be considered for funding. In addition to the application for admission, students must 

complete the application for departmental funding found on the department's website www.ccjs.umd.edu. 

Contact Information 

A brochure describing the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and its programs is available upon request. 

Inquiries should be directed to: criminologydept@umd.edu 

Graduate Program Coordinator 

2220 LeFrak Hall 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4699 

Fax:(301)405-4733 

criminoloqydept@umd.edu 

http://www.ccjs.umd.edu 
Courses: 

Dance (DANC) 

Abstract 

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies offers a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance, focusing on 
developing highly skilled teaching artists with concentrations in either performance or choreography. The program is 
designed to give outstanding students advanced training, experience in teaching, and opportunities for creative growth. 
The School also offers MA, MFA, and PhD degrees in theatre. For more information visit the School wewbsite at 
www.tdps.umd.edu. 

Aimed primarily at modern or contemporary dancers with a high skill level and background in creating and performing at 
a professional level, the MFA Dance program integrates studio, theory, and pedagogical practices, culminating in the 
third year in both a shared concert of original work(s) and an off -campus internship in a professional organization, 
agency, company, or school. 

The competencies that students learn during the program will allow them to teach a broad range of dance and dance- 
related subjects after they graduate. They will be able to produce and present dance in a number of contexts and 
modalities, on campus, in professional and site-specific venues, and in the community. 

The program provides many performance opportunities, which are directed by faculty members, visiting guest artists 
and fellow students. Important emphasis is given to dance theory and practices in western and world dance and to the 
study of current issues. We wish our graduates to exhibit a high degree of insight into the cultural contexts in which 
dance has developed in the past and continues to develop today. 

Students are expected to spend a significant amount of time learning about technical aspects of dance as well as 
promotion and house management and the myriad of other organizational details that go into producing a dance 
performance. They will be actively involved in the practical application of this knowledge as part of their training. 

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The program is highly selective (four students per year) and auditions are required. The MFA is a full time three-year 
program. Financial support is available for each student selected. 
Admissions Information 

Applicants should have a strong undergraduate preparation in technique and dance composition. They should have 
completed the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent: improvisation, kinesiology, dance teaching methods, 
dance production, Laban Movement Analysis, and two semesters of dance history or one semester of history and one 
of dance philosophy, ethnology or aesthetics. Undergraduate deficiencies will be considered on an individual basis. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . No entrance exams required (GRE or similar) 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation addressed (can be submitted online) 

3. Audition/Interview 

4. Writing Sample (submitted online with application) 

5. DVD to be mailed to department 

6. NOTE:Audition Date for Fall 201 2 Admission is February 25, 201 2 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) 

Students enrolled in the program must complete a total of 60 credit hours of study with a minimum cumulative grade 

point average of 3.0 to graduate and will be assessed on a regular basis to determine their progress. Graduation from 

the program requires the successful completion of a final project demonstrating a synthesis of craft and artistic 

understanding as well as professional competence in the area of concentration. Final projects consist of: (1) the thesis 

project consisting of the public presentation of a body of dance works choreographed by the candidate, along with 

written documentation of the project as agreed upon with the thesis adviser; (2) the presentation of an online portfolio of 

selected indicators of artistry and pedagogy. The thesis project work may be presented in one or more publicly attended 

events, in a shared capacity with another MFA candidate. Candidates are responsible for the organization of all 

production elements involved in the presentation of the project. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The location of campus, eight miles away from Washington D.C., places the School a half hour away from America's 

arts district where one may study and enjoy a wide variety of offerings of ballet, modern and world dance. Washington 

D.C. is also a center for policy and participation in the public discourse about the arts. 

Financial Assistance 

A number of teaching assistantships that include partial or full tuition remission are available. All qualified applicants 

may be nominated for Graduate School fellowships; the deadline for all applications is posted on the TPDS website 

annually. For more information, visit www.tdps.umd.edu or call 301 -405-6675. 

Contact Information 

The Guidelines for the Graduate Program provide course requirements, examination procedures and descriptive 

materials for the M.F.A. program. For specific information, contact: 

Karen K. Bradley, Director of Graduate Studies 

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 

University of Maryland College Park 

MD 20742-1615 

Telephone: (301) 405-0387 

Fax:(301)314-9599 

kbradley@umd.edu 

www.tdps.umd.edu 

Ms. Stephanie Bergwall, graduate secretary 

School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies 2809 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center University of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20742-1615 

Telephone: 301-405-6675 

Fax:301-314-9599 

tdps@umd.edu 



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www.tdps.umd.edu 
Courses: DANC 
Related Programs and Campus Units 

Dance 

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Program (VMED) 

Abstract 

The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine offers a four-year full-time program (curriculum) 
leading to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degree. The first three years are taught at Virginia Tech 
University in Blacksburg, VA in a case-based and traditional lecture/laboratory format. At the end of the first year, 
students choose a track - small animal, food animal, equine, mixed species and public/corporate veterinary medicine. 
Considerable flexibility exists for a student to tailor their curriculum to meet individual needs and interests. The senior 
year (clinical) is 12 months in length. For detailed information on the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, 
please visit the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at: http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/ 
Admissions Information 

For information on applying to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program, please visit the Virginia-Maryland 
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine website at: http://www.vetmed.vt.edu/acad/dvm/index.asp 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 

Please visit the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine website at: 

http://www.vetmed.vt.edU/acad/dvm/req.asp#adm 

Degree Requirements 



Please visit the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine website at: 
http://www.vetmed.vt.edU/acad/dvm/req.asp#adm 
Financial Assistance 
Contact Information 

Joyce Bohr Massie DVM Program Admissions Coordinator 

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine DVM Admissions Office (0442) Blacksburg, VA 24061 

VA 24061 

Telephone: (540) 231-4699 

Fax:(540)231-9290 

dvmadmit@vt.edu 

http://www.vetmed.vt.edU/acad/dvm/req.asp#adm 
Courses: 

Economics (ECON) 

Abstract 

The Economics Program offers graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree. During the course of study 

toward the Ph.D., doctoral students also have the opportunity to obtain a Master of Arts degree. Areas of 

specialization include: advanced macroeconomics, advanced microeconomic theory, comparative institutional 

economics, econometrics, economic development, economic history, environmental and natural resource economics, 

industrial organization, international finance, international trade, labor economics, political economy, and public 

economics. 

Admissions Information 

By the application deadline, applicants should have completed advanced undergraduate courses in microeconomics, 

macroeconomics, and econometrics. Applicants are also expected to have completed the equivalent of three 

semesters of calculus, a semester of linear algebra, and a semester of differential equations. The majority of admitted 



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students have also completed course work in real analysis or other upper-level mathematics. The Graduate Record 
Examination (GRE) Aptitude test is required. Submitted GRE scores must be valid through January 1 5, 201 3. All of the 
Department's graduate students are full-time students. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

GRE General; TOEFL where applicable; Official Transcripts; 3 Letters of Recommendation; Statement of Goals, 

Research and Experiences; Fall grades if attending a U.S. institution; Resume or Curriculum Vitae; 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

Our department offers admission only to students interested in earning a Ph.D. Our program is not designed for 

students who are interested only in a Master's degree. However, our Ph.D. students may obtain an M.A. degree during 

their program, either as a terminal degree for students leaving the Ph.D. program, or as an intermediate sign of 

achievement for students who are continuing in the Ph.D. program. For students who are interested in applied 

economics, but are not pursuing a Ph.D., the University of Maryland offers a professional masters in applied 

economics. This program is designed for working professionals; it is not appropriate for a Ph.D. in economics. Contact 

masters@econ.umd.edu or visit http://masters.econ.umd.edu for more information 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Department of Economics at the University of Maryland prepares graduate students for careers in teaching, 

research, and government service. The course of study provides a solid foundation in economic theory, econometrics 

and applied fields. The Ph.D. program requires: (1) written examinations in microeconomic and macroeconomic 

theory, taken during the summer after the first year of study, (2) completion of a three-course sequence and a written 

examination or field paper in a major field, (3) completion of a two-course sequence in a minor field, (3) completion of 

an econometrics sequence, (4) an additional supporting course in a theoretical or applied field, and (5) a dissertation. 

In the third year, students begin directed research by participating in workshops appropriate to their dissertation 

research. 

Financial Assistance 

Many students entering our graduate program receive financial aid. Some students receive graduate assistantships, 

requiring about 1 5 hours of teaching or research service per week. Graduate assistantships provide a stipend and a 

very attractive package of fringe benefits that include medical insurance and full tuition remission. Other students 

receive first-year fellowships. These fellowships also include a stipend, medical insurance and tuition remission, but do 

not require students to work as a teaching or research assistant. In most cases, fellowships convert to assistantships 

beginning in the second year. Students who enter our program with financial aid are guaranteed financial aid for two 

years in all cases, and for four years conditional on satisfactory progress in the program. While not guaranteed, a fifth 

year of financial aid is usually available for students making satisfactory progress. 

Contact Information 

For more informaton on our program, please go to our website at http://www.econ.umd.edu/graduate/overview 

Director of Graduate Studies in Economics 

3114ETydingsHall 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-3544 

Fax: (301 ) 405-3542 

econgrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.econ.umd.edu/graduate/overview 

Courses: ECON ECON ECON ECON ECON ECON 

Education: Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) 

Abstract 

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction merged with the Department of Education Policy Studies and the 
program in Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies to form the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and 
Leadership (TLPL). Individual program descriptions will be replaced by a single description of the new department and 



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shared programs by 2014. For more detailed and up-to-date information about programs and resources see the TLPL 

website at http://education.umd.edu/TLPL/index.html. 

The programs related to Curriculum and Instruction offer graduate study leading to the following degrees and 

certificates: Master of Arts (thesis and non-thesis), Master of Education, Advanced Graduate Specialist, Doctor of 

Education, and Doctor of Philosophy. The Department offers a variety of programs individually designed to meet 

graduate students' personal and professional goals which may include educational research, teaching, supervising, 

providing leadership as curriculum specialists within the disciplines, teacher education or consulting at all levels of 

instruction: elementary, secondary and higher education. Full-time study is preferred for those pursuing the Ph.D. in 

Curriculum and Instruction. 

Areas of concentration include art education (M.Ed, only), elementary/middle school education, history/social studies 

education, English education, Second Language Education (SLEC) - foreign language education and teaching English 

as a second language (TESOL), mathematics education, minority and urban education, music education (doctoral 

only), teacher education/professional development (doctoral only), reading education, and science education. The 

Department also supports three master's degree programs for candidates who have a bachelor's degree in fields other 

than education and wish to become certified teachers. In addition, there is a six-course Post-Baccalaureate Certificate 

in literacy coaching designed to prepare experienced, highly qualified middle and high school teachers to serve as 

literacy coaches in low performing middle and high schools. For graduate programs related to Education Policy Studies 

or Organizational Leadership please see Education: Policy Studies and Organizational Leadership (EDPS) in the 

graduate catalog. 

NOTE: Admission to the Ed.D. program has been temporarily suspended. At the doctoral level, we are currently 

admitting to the Ph.D. program only. All things being equal, preference will be given to full-time applicants who 

apply by December 1, 2012. 

Admissions Information 

To be recommended for full admission to a doctoral or master's program, a minimum undergraduate grade point 

average of 3.0 is required. A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 is required for applicants who have 

completed a graduate program. The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of applicants to all EDCI doctoral and 

MA programs but they are not required for M.Ed, programs. Certification-track programs may require passing Praxis 

scores. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, writing) should be at the 50th percentile or 

higher. Because graduate programs are highly competitive, successful applicants often score considerably higher. 

Students who do not meet one of these requirements, but show other evidence of outstanding potential, may be 

considered for provisional admission. Admission of qualified applicants is based on their competitive ranking to limit 

enrollments to available faculty resources. See the description of the EDCI programs and admissions overview on the 

TLPL website for more detailed information: http://www.education.umd.edu/TLPL/. 

NOTE: Applications for the doctoral program are accepted for the Fall only. Applicants for the master's 

program are accepted for the fall or spring. 

TLPL has limited doctoral admissions; therefore, candidates are encouraged to apply by the High Priority 

Deadline of December 1st for best consideration. Spaces may be filled prior to Final Deadline. Please note the 

decisions may take several months. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 15 
Preferred: December 1 


Deadline: September 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: February 1 



Application Requirements 



1. 



2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 



GRE General (Required for the AGS, Ph.D. and MA programs. GRE is NOT required for EDCI M.Ed, programs. Please 

check the TLPL website for specific requirement) 

Official transcript from all previously attended institutions 

3 Letters of Recommendation from persons competent to judge the applicant's probable success in graduate school 

Statement of Goals, Experiences, and Research Interests 

Writing sample (doctoral applicants) 

Degree Requirements 

Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate (A.G.S. Certificate) 

Please contact the program for more information. 
Master of Arts or Master of Education (M.A. or M.Ed.) 

Master's degree requirements vary according to the area of concentration and the type of degree. Typically, programs 
require 30 to 33 credit hours, which includes a core research requirement; a three to six-hour comprehensive 
examination and research thesis, a professional portfolio (requirement varies by specialization) or a seminar paper. 



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Certification-track M.Ed, programs typically require 42 credit hours. 

Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) 

The doctorate requires a planned sequence of approximately 60 credit hours beyond the master's degree. Doctoral 

students are required to take a comprehensive examination prior to approval of their doctoral dissertation committee. 

An oral examination in defense of the dissertation is required. 

NOTE: Admission to the Ed.D. program has been temporarily suspended. At the doctoral level, we are currently 

admitting to the Ph.D. program only. All things being equal, preference will be given to full-time applicants who 

apply by December 1, 2012. 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Literacy Coaching (PBC) 

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Literacy Coaching is a six week program designed to prepare 

experienced, highly qualified middle and high school teachers to serve as literacy coaches in low performing 

middle and high schools. It is a joint program between the University of Maryland (UM)/Baltimore City Public 

Schools (BCPS City Schools)/Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS)/Prince George's County Public 

Schools (PGCPS) serving cohorts of selected middle and high school teachers. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Facilities that support graduate study include the Center for Mathematics Education, the Reading Center, and 

the Science Teaching Center. Additional facilities in the College of Education include the Educational 

Technology Services Center, Teacher Education Centers in local schools, and the Center for Young Children. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department has a limited number of merit-based fellowships, teaching assistantships and research 

assistantships available to doctoral students. All students who want to be considered for financial aid should 

submit a complete application package well before the December 1st application deadline. Once a completed 

admissions application is received by the department for review, applicants should expect to receive an email 

confirmation. 

International students' applications are not considered complete and may not be reviewed by the Department 

until they have received International Education Services (IES) clearance which can take additional time. If you 

need information about IES clearance visit the IES website at www.umd.edu/ies. 

Contact Information 

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site at: 

www.education.umd.edu/TLPL 

Joy Jones, Coordinator for TLPL Graduate Admissions and Student Services 

Room 2311 Benjamin Building 

MD 20742-1175 

Telephone: (301) 405-3118 

Fax:(301)314-9055 

tlpl-grad@umd.edu 

http://www.education.umd.edu/TLPL 

Courses: 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures 

Education: Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation (EDMS) 

Abstract 

Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts or Doctor of Philosophy 
degrees for students with strong interests in research methods and their applications. Students pursuing Doctoral 
degrees in other departments may enroll in a dual degree program leading to the Master's degree in Measurement, 
Statistics and Evaluation, or there is also a 24-credit certificate program for doctoral students. For select 
undergraduates, there is a five-year Bachelor's/Master's program in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation. In 
addition, a 15-credit Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation is available for students with strong 
interests in classroom assessment and evaluation. 
Admissions Information 

In addition to Graduate School requirements, admission decisions are based on the quality of previous undergraduate 
and graduate work, strength of letters of recommendation from persons competent to judge the applicant's likelihood 
of success in graduate school, scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and the applicant's statement of 
academic and career objectives in relation to the program of study to be pursued. Students who seek admission 
should display strong evidence of aptitude and interest in quantitative methods. Programs of study may be designed to 
meet the individual needs of both full-time and part-time students since many courses are offered in the late afternoon 
or evening. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant Fall Spring 



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Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: March 15 
Preferred: November 15 


Deadline: October 1 
Preferred: September 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: November 15 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General Test 

2. Three Letters of Recommendation 

3. Statement of Goals and Research Interests 

4. Previous College Transcripts 

5. TOEFL Scores for Non-native Speakers of English 

Degree Requirements 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation () 

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Assessment and Evaluation is designed for students with strong interests in 

classroom assessment and evaluation. The certificate requires a minimum of 15 graduate credit hours. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation M.A. degree program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. Both thesis 

and non-thesis options are available. A written comprehensive examination is required for both options and a research 

paper is required for the non-thesis option. No M.Ed, degree option is currently offered. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. program requires both preliminary and comprehensive examinations; the comprehensive examination is 

designed to assess broad, integrated understanding as well as the student's specialization. A minimum of 30 credit 

hours, including dissertation credit, must be taken following admission. All students are expected to engage in 

research. Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation does not currently offer the Ed.D. degree. 

Certificate in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation () 

The Certificate in Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation is designed to provide advanced training in quantitative 

methods for graduate students majoring in other doctoral programs. The certificate requires a minimum of 24 graduate 

credit hours. In addition, an advisor must be selected from members of the Measurement, Statistics and Evaluation 

faculty. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department maintains computer equipment with up-to-date statistical software packages. The faculty are actively 

engaged in a large variety of basic and applied research projects and students are encouraged to become involved in 

these activities. The Washington and Baltimore areas have numerous organizations that provide opportunities to 

become involved in projects that have national importance. 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate teaching assistantships, research assistantships, and fellowships are available. The Department can usually 

aid students in locating part-time employment opportunities, both on and off campus, as well as providing funding from 

its own contracts and grants. 

Contact Information 

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: www.education.umd.edu/EDMS/ 

Eileen Kramer, Graduate Coordinator 

1230 Benjamin Building University of Maryland College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-8432 

Fax:(301)405-2891 

ekramer@umd.edu 

www.education.umd.edu/HDQM 
Courses: EDMS 

Education: Policy Studies and Organizational Leadership (EDPS) 

Abstract 

The Department of Education Policy Studies and the program in Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies 
merged with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction to form the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy 
and Leadership (TLPL). Individual program descriptions will be replaced by a single description of the new 
department and shared programs by 2014. For more detailed and up-to-date information about programs and 
resources see the TLPL website at http://education.umd.edu/TLPL/index.html. 

The programs in Education Policy Studies (EDPS) and Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies in the 
Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership promotes critical and discipline-based studies of 



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education policies and practices; encourages thoughtful and responsive explorations of education and related social 

issues; and fosters innovative and collaborative efforts to inform education policy and leadership at all levels of 

government. 

Graduates pursue professional roles in university teaching and research, fill policy and leadership positions in public 

and private educational institutions, and work as specialists and advocates in governmental and non-governmental 

agencies. The Department offers graduate programs of study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. 

Faculty bring the disciplines of ecomomics, political science, history, philosophy, sociology, cultural studies, 

curriculum theory, and organizational leadership to the study of education. They are committed to the preparation of 

professionals who are able to apply a range of theories and disciplinary perspectives to the enterprise of education 

in governmental and non-governmental agencies. 

For graduate programs related to Curriculum and Instruction, please see Education: Curriculum and Instruction 

(EDCI) in the graduate catalog. 

Admissions Information 

To be recommended for full admission to a doctoral or master's program, a minimum undergraduate grade point 

average of 3.0 is required. A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 is required for applicants who have 

completed a graduate program. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, writing) or the 

Miller Analogies Test should be at the 50th percentile or higher. Because graduate programs are highly competitive, 

successful applicants often score considerably higher. Students who do not meet one of these requirements, but 

show other evidence of outstanding potential, may be considered for provisional admission. Admission of qualified 

applicants is based on their competitive ranking to limit enrollments to available faculty resources. See the 

description of the EDPS and OLPS programs on the TLPL website for more detailed information: 

www.education.umd.edu/TLPL. 

NOTE: Applications for the doctoral program are accepted for the Fall only. Applicants for the master's 

program are accepted for the fall or spring. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 15 
Preferred: December 1 


Deadline: September 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: February 1 



Application Requirements 

3 Letters of Recommendation 

Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended 

Statement of Goals, Research Interests and Experiences 

Scholarly writing sample for all doctoral applicants 

GRE or Miller Analogy Test 

It is strongly recommended that prospective students talk with program coordinators and faculty, and visit the 
Department and classes, to help determine if the Department's programs are appropriate to their academic interests 
and professional goals 
Degree Requirements 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The Department offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree at the Master's level. The M.A. degree requires 30 credits 
beyond a Bachelor's level degree. Beyond the successful completion of courses, students must demonstrate high 
standards of scholarship and the ability to engage in independent research. Students must either write and defend a 
research thesis or complete a seminar paper (non-thesis option). The College of Education requires that all master's 
candidates take the research course EDMS 645. Your faculty advisor will help you develop a program of study that 
is consistent with Departmental and University guidelines. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. degree requires 90 credits beyond a Bachelor's level degree, some of which may be satisfied by prior 
study. In addition to major and elective courses, this includes 12 to 18 credits in research methods and 12 credits of 
dissertation research. After students have completed most of their course work, the equivalent of 12 hours of 
comprehensive examination is required. The comprehensive exam may take a variety of forms, such as take-home 
conceptual essays, literature reviews, or research papers. The Doctoral program integrates theory, research, and 
practice, and students are expected to demonstrate high standards of scholarship and the ability to engage in 
independent research. Your faculty advisor will help you develop a program of study that will help you fulfill your 
degree requirements, both coursework and examinations, that is consistent with Departmental and University 



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guidelines. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Faculty and students in the Department work closely with area schools, colleges, universities, associations and 

other education-related organizations. Extensive resources in the Washington, D.C., area, including embassies and 

other international organizations, provide exceptional opportunities for internships and field experiences, research, 

and materials to enhance formal course experiences. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department has a limited number of merit-based fellowships, teaching assistantships and research 

assistantships available to doctoral students. All students who want to be considered for financial aid should submit 

a complete application package well before the December 1st application deadline. Once a completed admissions 

application is received by the department for review, applicants should expect to receive an email confirmation. 

International students' applications are not considered complete and may not be reviewed by the Department until 

they have received International Education Services (IES) clearance which can take additional time. If you need 

information about IES clearance visit the IES website at www.umd.edu/ies. 

Contact Information 

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: www.education.umd.edu/TLPL/ 

Joy Jones, Coordinator for TLPL Graduate Admissions and Student Services 

Room 231 1 Benjamin Building University of Maryland, 

College Park 

MD 20742-1175 

Telephone: (301) 405-3118 

Fax:(301)314-9055 

tlpl-grad@umd.edu 

www.education.umd.edu/TLPL 
Courses: 

Education: Policy and Leadership (EDPL) 

Education Policy and Leadership (EDPL) 
Abstract 

As of July 1 , 2007, the department of Education Policy and Leadership (EDPL) was reorganized into Education 
Leadership, Higher Education and International Education (EDHI) and Education Policy Studies (EDPS), as 
described below. The purpose of this reorganization was to provide greater focus and opportunity for each of the two 
units to fulfill their missions. 

During the transition period, while some areas of the two new department sites are still under construction, the 
archived content of EDPL will remain posted at the EDPL web site location (www.education.umd.edu/EDPL). Once 
the tranisition is complete, all relevant information should be available at the two new sites: 

Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Education (EDHI) will include the following areas of 
specialization: 

• Higher Education 

• International Education Policy 

• Organizational Leadership and Policy Studies 

Education Policy Studies (EDPS) will include the following areas of specialization: 

• Curriculum Theory and Development 

• Socio-cultural Foundations of Education 

• Education Policy 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 



Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Education: Certificate of Advanced Study: Measurement, Statistics, 
and Evaluation (Z904) 



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Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Contact Information 

Dr. Gregory R. Hancock, EDMS Department Chair 

EDMS, Benjamin Building, Room 1 230D University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742-1 1 1 5 

MD 20742-1115 

Telephone: 301 .405.3621 

Fax: 301.314.9245 

ghancock@umd.edu 

http://www.education.umd.edu/EDMS/program/EDMScertificate.htm 
Courses: 

Education: Certificate of Advanced Study: Special Education (Z905) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Education: Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor 
Education (EDCP) 

Abstract 

The graduate program in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education (CoPE) includes 
several distinct areas of specialization that are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed for practice and 
scholarship in counseling and related human service professions. These fields are concerned with assisting people 
individually, in groups, and in organizations to attain their optimal level of personal, social, educational, and career 
functioning. Graduates are employed in a variety of settings including schools, colleges and universities, mental health 
agencies, business and industry, government agencies, and other community service and practice facilities. 
Depending on the specific area of specialization and level of training, program graduates may serve as researchers, 
educators, supervisors, psychologists, counselors, or program administrators. 



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Master's level professional entry-level training is offered in the School Counseling program, which prepares students 

to become school counselors in elementary, middle, and high school settings. School counselors provide individual 

and group counseling to school-aged children, coordinate pupil services in schools, and function as consultants to 

classroom teachers, school administrators, and parents. 

The Ph.D. degree is offered in three areas of specialization: 1) Counseling Psychology (in collaboration with the 

Psychology Department), 2) School Psychology, and 3) Counselor Education. Doctoral studies prepare students to 

achieve exceptional competence in the theory and practice of their field; to develop a high level of skills as 

researchers, educators and administrators; and to assume positions of leadership in relevant settings. Students in the 

specialization of Counseling Psychology are prepared to work as educators, psychologists, and supervisors in such 

settings as academic departments, college and university counseling centers, and community mental health agencies. 

Doctoral-level school psychologists serve as advanced level practitioners, supervisors, administrators, researchers, 

and school psychology faculty. Doctoral students in Counselor Education are prepared to assume roles as educators, 

supervisors, or researchers in school counselor or rehabilitation counselor education programs. Program accreditation 

within CoPE includes: The School Psychology and Counseling Psychology doctoral programs are accredited by the 

American Psychological Association. The School Counseling masters program is conditionally accredited by the 

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); it is also approved for 

certification by the Maryland State Department of Education. 

Note that, as of 2012, the CoPE graduate programs are part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, 

Higher Education, and Special Education. The CoPE programs were previously housed in the Department of 

Counseling and Personnel Services. 

Admissions Information 

Applicants for regular admission to master's degree programs must have an undergraduate GPA of at least B (3.0 on 

a 4.0 scale) and must submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants should check with their 

area of specialization to determine which test is required. 

Applicants' undergraduate programs must include at least 15 semester hours of coursework in behavioral science 

fields (e.g., anthropology, education, psychology, sociology, statistics). 

Applicants for admission to A.G.S. and Ph.D. programs in Counselor Education must have a master's degree in school 

counseling or rehabilitation counseling. A grade point average of 3.5 in prior graduate work is required with an 

acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination. Selective screening of qualified applicants is necessary in 

order to limit enrollment. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . GRE required for Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, School Counseling, and Counselor Education. 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Statement of Goals 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts or Master of Education (M.A. or M.Ed.) 

Professional entry-level programs of two types are offered, depending on the area of specialization: 1 ) a master's 
degree program (M.A., thesis required; M.A. non-thesis with Master's paper required; or M.Ed., thesis not required), or 
2) an integrated Master's/Advanced Graduate Specialist (M.A./A.G.S.) program. The applicant should consult the web 
page associated with specific CoPE program areas of specialization for further information concerning the relevant 
entry-level requirements and curriculum. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Ph.D. students are expected to attain advanced skills as both practitioners and researchers in their area of 
specialization. All doctoral students are required to take advanced courses in statistics and research design. Because 
of the highly specialized nature of each of the doctoral programs, applicants should consult the web page for specific 
areas of specialization. These pages describe specific course and fieldwork requirements, the nature of the 
comprehensive examination required for completion of the program, and the dissertation requirements. 
Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate (A.G.S. Certificate) 

The A.G.S. certificate is offered in some of the CoPE areas of specialization. For individuals who hold a master's 
degree in counseling or a closely related field, this certificate program may serve: 1) to provide the additional 
education required for professional certification or licensure in those specialty areas that require a program of two 
year's length, and/or 2) to provide the academic background for an advanced level of professional practice within a 



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specialty area. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

All master's, A.G.S., and doctoral students are required to include supervised fieldwork experiences in their degree 

programs. The CoPE programs have excellent cooperative relationships with on-campus facilities, such as the 

Counseling Center and Health Center. Fieldwork may also be done at a wide variety of school systems, colleges and 

universities, and counseling services and mental health agencies in the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area, or 

nationally. 

In addition to campus and program resources, students utilize the many major research and professional institutions 

that are easily accessible to the campus. These include the Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine, the 

National Institutes of Health, the Institute of Education Sciences, professional associations such as the American 

Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Association of School 

Psychologists. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education offers graduate research, teaching, and 

administrative assistantships on a selective basis to both masters and doctoral students. The Department also assists 

its students in finding assistantship placements with a variety of on-campus and off-campus units. In addition, a small 

number of new Ph.D. students are offered highly selective fellowships funded jointly by the Department and the 

University. 

Contact Information 

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: www.education.umd.edu/EDCP/ 

Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education Dept. 

3214 Benjamin Building 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-2858 

Fax:(301)405-9995 

caps@umd.edu 

http://www.education.umd.edu/EDCP/ 

Courses: EDCP 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Psychology 

Education: Human Development 

Education: Human Development (EDHD) 

Abstract 

The purposes of the Human Development graduate programs are to contribute to basic knowledge about human 
development and learning and apply this knowledge in various settings. The general areas of human development 
covered in courses and research include infant and early childhood development, child development, adolescent 
development, developmental science, and educational psychology. Specific faculty areas of expertise include 
achievement motivation, cognitive development, language development, peer relationships, teacher-student 
relationships, moral development, social development, temperament, parenting, developmental neuroscience, civic 
education, prejudice and discrimination, early childhood policy, and the role of culture on development. 
Graduate programs in Human Development lead to the Master of Education, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy 
degrees. The research-oriented M. A. (with thesis)and the Ph.D. degree programs in human development are designed 
to develop studentsscientific knowledge of human development and ability to carry out original research projects. The 
M.Ed, and M.A. without thesis programs are designed to develop competencies in identifying implications of the 
scientific knowledge of human development for specific situations and contexts, particularly elementary and secondary 
schools. 

Human Development offers two specialization areas of study at the doctoral level, Educational Psychology, and 
Developmental Sciences. The graduate programs and specializations prepare graduates for faculty positions at 
universities or research positions at institutions where research in developmental science and educational psychology 
is conducted. Graduates of our program have obtained positions as university professors, research scientists, program 
analysts, and other research-oriented occupations including research-oriented professionals in private, policy, or 
advocacy organizations. 
Admissions Information 

The College of Education and Graduate School require a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) at the undergraduate 
level. At the master's level, a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required by the College of Education. The general Graduate 
Record Exam (GRE) is required by the Department. Three letters of recommendation including evidence of academic 
potential from university faculty references are required. In addition, students must write a statement of purpose which 
indicates a match between student research interests and faculty expertise. Students should indicate their research 
interests, describe any relevant research experience, and how their experience and interests can be met by our 
program. 

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Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: March 15 
Preferred: December 15 


Deadline: October 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 
Preferred: November 15 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Statement of Goals 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The M.A. program requires 30 credit hours and offers both a thesis option (24 hours of courses plus 6 hours of thesis) 

and a non-thesis option (24 hours of courses plus 6 hours of supervised placement in an organization and 

accompanying papers). Courses in biological, social, cognitive, and personality development and in quantitative 

methods and a written comprehensive examination are required for all master's degrees. 

Master of Education (M.Ed.) 

The Master of Education degree in Human Development has the following requirements: Minimum of 30 semesters of 

coursework, including EDMS 645. A minimum of 15 hours in courses numbered 600-800, with the remainder in the 400 

series or above. Required courses focus on biological, social, cognitive, and personality development and in 

quantitative methods. A written comprehensive examination and seminar paper are required to be taken at the end of 

the coursework. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D. ) 

The Ph.D. degree requires 72 hours of credit which includes 12 dissertation credits. Courses in biological, social, and 

cognitive development and in intermediate statistics and research methods are required. Students also receive credit 

for research experiences. Slight modifications of these requirements characterize the Specializations in Educational 

Psychology and Developmental Sciences. Students are also required to complete a comprehensive examination 

portfolio prior to advancement to candidacy. 

Master of Education in Partnership with MCPS (M.Ed.) 

The Master of Education in Partnership with MCPS is restricted to middle and high school educators who teach in 

Montgomery County Public Schools. Applicants must be certified to teach. This is not a certification program. This 

Human Development Master of Education Program is unique in that its curriculum is designed to respond to 

developmental and motivational challenges faced by secondary teachers working with adolescents. The program uses 

a cohort model. Each fall a new cohort of students begins the program and the program runs for five continuous 

semesters. To graduate students must successfully complete 30 credits of study, a comprehensive exam, and a 

seminar paper. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Washington, D.C. area and the University of Maryland are rich in resources for graduate study in human 

development. The faculty of the Department is multi-disciplinary, representing the broad range of developmental 

sciences, educational psychology, and related fields. There are programs of funded research, field service programs, 

and internship experiences available in cooperation with agencies and schools. The Department sponsors the Center 

for the Study of Children, Relationships, and Culture, the Maryland Literacy Research Center, and manages the on- 

campus Center for Young Children. Students in the College of Education have access to the latest technology through 

Educational Technology Services. 

Financial Assistance 

Students requesting consideration for Financial Aid, in addition to completing the financial aid form found in the 

Graduate Admissions application, must submit their application by the priority deadline. All students who submit their 

application by December 15 will automatically be reviewed for any departmental aid. University fellowships, NIH 

traineeships, and Departmental assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis - more students are admitted than 

can be awarded funding. In recent years, only students with undergraduate GPA's of 3.6, GRE scores above the 70th 

percentile, and strong letters of recommendation from academic references have been successful in obtaining 

Recruitment Fellowships sponsored by the Graduate School and graduate assistantships in the Department. 

First priority for Departmental assistantships goes to students already admitted to the Department who have been 

assured financial assistance for the full course of their study. Almost all awards of fellowships and assistantships are 

based on previous academic performance, with little attention to need. In addition, some faculty have external grants 

which provide support for graduate students. Students who do not receive a fellowship or assistantship from the 

Department may contact the University Financial Aid office at 301-314-9000 for information about other sources of 

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Contact Information 

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: www.education.umd.edu/EDHD/ 

Graduate Coordinator, Eileen Kramer 

Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology 3304 Benjamin Building 

University of Maryland College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-8432 

Fax:(301)405-2891 

humandev@umd.edu 

http://www.education.umd.edu/HDQM 

MD 20740 

http://www.education.umd.edu/HDQM 

MD 20740 

http://www.education.umd.edu/HDQM 

Courses: EDUC EDHD 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Education: Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education 



Education: Special Education (EDSP) 

Abstract 

Graduate programs in special education are designed to prepare highly qualified teachers, to provide graduate level 
content, and to prepare researchers, teacher educators, and leaders in the field of special education. We offer the 
following graduate program options: 

* M.Ed, in Special Education with generic age based certification 

* M.Ed, in Special Education with generic age based and severe disabilities certification 

* M.Ed, in Special Education with severe disabilities certification only 

* M.Ed, in Specialty Program (30 credits) 

* M.A. in Special Education (36 credits) 

* Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate (30 credits beyond the master's degree) 

* Ph.D. program 

Note that, as of 2012, the EDSP graduate programs are part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, 
Higher Education, and Special Education. The EDSP degree programs were previously housed in the Department 
of Special Education. 
Admissions Information 

For the M.Ed, programs, students must submit scores on the PRAXIS I test (meeting the state of Maryland passing 
scores) prior to admission into the department and have an undergraduate 3.0 GPA. The Master's of Arts program 
requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and the submission of the Miller Analogies Test or the Graduate Record 
Examination test scores at or above the 40th percentile rank. The AGS program requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, 
a master's GPA of 3.5, and submission of scores on the MAT, GRE, or Praxis 1 test. Admission to the doctoral 
program requires a 3.5 grade point average in previous graduate studies, a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, and at least a 
50 percentile on the Graduate Record Examination. Students pursuing teacher certification in special education are 
required to take courses required by the Maryland State Department of Education which lead to certification in the 
State of Maryland. Programs for the Master's specialty program, the AGS, and the Ph.D. are planned individually by 
the students and advisor to reflect each student's background and goals. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


I 
Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: March 1 


Deadline: September 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1 . GRE for Ph.D., Miller Analogies or GRE General for I 



I.A., Praxis I for M.Ed, or A.G.S. (at State of Maryland cut 



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scores) 2. Three Letters of Recommendation 3. Statement of Goals 4. Transcripts from all previously attended 

colleges and universities 

Degree Requirements 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) (Ph.D. ) 

The Ph.D. in special education is targeted primarily toward research and educational leadership. The selection of a 

major concentration in learning disabilities, behavior disorders, severe disabilities, early childhood special education, 

secondary/transition special education, and policy studies for individuals with disabilities achieves these goals. A 

variety of minor specializations taken outside the Department is also possible. Content course work in the areas of 

administration and policy studies is developed in collaboration with other departments in the college and university. 

Students pursuing the doctoral program in special education must have completed the Master of Arts degree or the 

Master of Education degree in special education or a related area. A student in the doctoral program will generally 

complete a minimum of 90 hours of graduate study (including up to 30 credits from a student's masters program) of 

which 30 to 40 hours will be in the major field. Candidates must meet doctoral competencies in research, teaching, 

and professional practice and in an area of concentration listed above that fulfill their professional goals. The 

doctoral program is a full time program. Students should consult the Department website on Graduate Programs for 

more information. 

Advanced Graduate Specialist Certificate (A.G.S.) 

The Advanced Graduate Specialist certificate in special education is available to students who wish to take graduate 

courses beyond the master's degree. The minimum number of graduate hours is 60 (of which no more than 30 

credits can be applied from another institution). The core of the program consists of special education courses in 

addition to other coursework within the university as approved by the student's adviser and the special education 

graduate faculty. The College of Education awards the certificate. 

Master's of Education or Master's of Arts (M.Ed, or M.A.) (M.Ed, or M.A.) 

Students enrolled in the master's program in special education may earn the Master of Arts degree or the Master of 

Education degree. For students who do not wish to obtain teacher certification, basic course requirements are 

similar for either program except for M.A. thesis requirements (6 credits of EDSP 799). The student determines with 

his or her adviser the specific program and coursework required according to the student's background and career 

plans. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Special Education program provides an unparalleled setting for graduate study. The program's proximity to 

outstanding public schools in Maryland provides students who wish to pursue teacher certification the chance to 

gain experience with a culturally and linguistically diverse student population in urban, suburban, and rural settings. 

Additionally,, students pursuing a doctoral degree can have experiences in advocacy and professional 

organizations, government agencies, including the US Department of Education in addition to the coursework they 

take at the University. 

Financial Assistance 

A limited number of fellowships, assistantships and/or grants are available to qualified applicants. 

Contact Information 

For additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: www.education.umd.edu/EDSP/ 

Dr. Joan Lieber 

1308 Benjamin Building 

Department of Special Education University of Maryland College Park, 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-6467 

edspqrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.education.umd.edu/EDSP/ 
Courses: EDSP 

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering (ENAE) 

Abstract 

The Aerospace Engineering Department offers a broad program in graduate studies leading to the degrees of Master 
of Science (thesis and non-thesis) and Doctor of Philosophy. Graduate students can choose from the following areas 
of specialization: aerodynamics and propulsion; structural mechanics and composites; rotorcraft; space systems; and 
flight dynamics, stability and control. Within these disciplines, the student can tailor programs in areas such as 
computational fluid dynamics, aeroelasticity, hypersonics, composites, smart structures, finite elements, space 
propulsion, robotics, and human factors. 
Admissions Information 

Applicants should have a B.S. degree in Aerospace Engineering (or in a closely related field) with a minimum GPA of 
3.2/4.0 from an accredited institution. Applicants with a marginal academic record may be conditionally approved for 
admission to the M.S. program if other evidence of accomplishment is provided (i.e. publications or exceptional letters 
of recommendation). Admission to the Ph.D. program requires an academic record indicating promise of the high level 
of accomplishment required for the degree. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is strongly recommended for 

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admission. 
Application Deadlines 






Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 15 
Preferred: February 1 


Deadline: October 31 
Preferred: October 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General highly recommended 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S. ) 

The M.S. degree program offers both a thesis and a non-thesis option. Both options require 30 credits. At least 12 

credits are to be in the main discipline. No more than 9 credits may be at the 400 level of which no more than 6 credits 

may be from department courses. For the thesis option, 6 credits of ENAE 799 (Master's Thesis Research) are 

required as well as the successful defense of the M.S. thesis. For the non-thesis option, students must write a 

scholarly paper. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

For the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the department requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework beyond 

the B.S. which should include: (1) not less than 18 hours within one departmental area of specialization, (2) at least 6 

hours from among the other areas of specialization in the Department, and (3) not less than nine hours in courses that 

emphasize the physical sciences or mathematics. At least 12 semester hours of credits taken to satisfy (2) and (3) 

must be 600 level or higher. The student must pass a written qualifying and an oral comprehensive examination and 

take 12 hours of dissertation credits. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The departmental facilities for experimental research include the Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, the Composites 

Research Laboratory, the Space Systems Laboratory, and the facilities of the Center for Rotorcraft Education and 

Research. The Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel, with its 8-foot high by 1 1 -foot wide test section, has a maximum 

operating speed of 330 feet per second. It is used extensively for development testing by industry as well as for 

research. There are also two smaller subsonic tunnels and a supersonic tunnel that are used in support of 

departmental research programs. 

The Composites Research Laboratory is located in the newly constructed Manufacturing Center. Its facilities include a 

microprocessor-controlled autoclave, a vacuum hot press, a two-axis filament winding machine, an MTS 220 Kip 

uniaxial testing machine, an x-ray machine and an environmental conditioning chamber. The laboratory provides for a 

full spectrum of specimen and component manufacture, preparation and instrumentation, inspection, and testing. 

The Space Systems Laboratory performs world-class research on space operations, with particular emphasis on 

neutral buoyancy simulation of space robotics and human factors. The recently completed Neutral Buoyancy 

Research Facility is a multi-million dollar laboratory built around a 50-foot diameter by 25-foot deep water tank for 

simulating the microgravity environment of space. Six different telerobotic systems are currently under test in this 

facility, which is one of only two operating in the United States and the only neutral buoyancy facility in the world to be 

located at a university. 

The facilities of the Center for Rotorcraft Education and Research include two experimental rotor rigs to test articulated 

and bearingless rotors in hovering and in forward flight. The hover test facility can accommodate up to a 6-foot 

diameter rotor. In addition, the facilities include a 1 0-foot diameter vacuum chamber to study the structural dynamic 

characteristics of spinning rotors in the absence of aerodynamic loads and a three-component laser Doppler 

anemometer for flowfield measurements. A new 20-foot by 20-foot by 30-foot anechoic acoustic test chamber is 

currently under construction for impulsive noise studies of rotorcraft 

Financial Assistance 

A number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available for financial assistance. Graduate teaching and 

research assistantships are available beginning at $20,000 per year plus tuition and health benefits. In addition, a 

number of fellowships are available, such as Minta Martin Fellowships, Rotorcraft Fellowships, the Hokenson 

Fellowship, ARCS Fellowships, and various departmental fellowships and scholarships. These fellowships cover 

tuition in addition to a stipend. All full-time applicants are automatically considered for these fellowships. 

Contact Information 

For more information, please contact the program. 

Director of Graduate Studies 

3181 Martin Hall 



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MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-2376 

Fax:(301)314-9001 

aerograd@umd.edu 

http://www.aero.umd.edu 

Courses: ENAE 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Bioengineering (BIOE) 

Abstract 

The Fischell Department of Bioengineering offers research and education opportunities leading to the Doctor of 
Philosophy degree and to the MS/MD Masters of Science as a Dual Degree program with the University of Maryland 
School of Medicine. It is housed in and administered by the Fischell Department of Bioengineering. The 
Bioegineering Graduate Program faculty includes all faculty holding a tenured or tennure-track appointment in the 
Fischell Department of Bioengineering, as well as faculty holding Affiliate and Adjunct appointments with the 
Department. The research interests of the program faculty are extensive and include biomaterials, bioMEMS, 
biomechanics, cardiovascular mechanics, cellular and metabolic engineering, imaging, systems biology, 
nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering. Academic departments participating in the program include, but are not 
limited to: the Fischell Department of Bioengineering, Biology, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics, Chemistry and 
Biochemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, 
Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, and 
the University of Maryland Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy. 
Admissions Information 

Admission to the Graduate Program in Bioengineering requires a bachelor of science degree in an engineering 
discipline from a recognized undergraduate institution. Admission also may be granted to students with a degree in 
another scientific discipline, such as biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics. In some cases, students may be 
required to take undergraduate courses to rectify deficiencies in their background before they will be given 
permission to enroll in the required core graduate courses. Because of the structure of the first year curriculum, 
students seldom are admitted to begin the Ph.D. program in the spring semester. In addition, students are rarely 
admitted that only wish to pursue a master's degree. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for fall 
admission to the Ph.D. program. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 1 
Preferred: December 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 1 
Preferred: December 1 





Application Requirements 

1. Online Application 

2. Statement of Goals, Research Interests and Experiences (on-line submission required) 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation (on-line submission required) 

4. Complete set of official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work completed or in progress 

5. Official GRE General Exam score report 

6. Official TOEFL score report (if applicable) 

7. Maryland In-State Status Form (if wish to apply for Maryland resident status) 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science/Doctor of Medicine (M.S./M.D.) 

This is a dual degree program with the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Medicine. Students applying to 
the MS Program in Bioengineering must first be admitted to the MD program in the School of Medicine. The 
objective of this program is to broaden to educational and research scope of medical doctors in significant fields of 
bioengineering. Thus, the program should be attractive to those clinicians interested in areas including clinical 
research, biomaterials, biomedical imaging, medical device innovation, medical device development, and drug 
development. Graduates of the combined program will receive a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of 
Maryland School of Medicine as well as a Master of Science degree from the A. James Clark School of Engineering 



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at the University of Maryland, College Park. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The PhD program consists of 45 credits including required, restricted, and unrestricted elective courses, a research 

aptitude examination (RAE), an oral defense of a written dissertation research proposal, and a preparation and oral 

defense of a publication-quality dissertation that advances the field. All students must take the following three 

Bioengineering courses (9 credits): BIOE 601 Rate Processes in Biological Systems, BIOE 604 Transport 

Phenomena in Bioengineering Systems, and BIOE 612 Physiological Evaluation of Bioengineering Designs. 

Students are also required to take two restricted electives (6 credits) and 3 unrestricted electives (9 credits) in order 

to fulfill course requirements. A complete list of acceptable electives may be obtained from the BIOE Graduate 

Program website. The laboratory rotation courses BIOE 605/606 (2credits) and the Bioengineering Seminar Series 

BIOE 608 (1 credit) are also required. Attendance at all Bioengineering seminars is expected throughout the 

graduate student's career, irrespective of whether the course is taken for credit or not. Additionally, a total of 18 

credit hours of Dissertation Research credits must be taken (BIOE 899). Qualification for advancement to candidacy 

requires that students earn a GPA of 3.0 or better in each of the core courses and pass the Research Aptitude 

Examination. If a student receives a C in a core course, then it must be repeated. All students entering the PhD 

program must take the Research Aptitude Examination held in January, prior to the second semester of their first 

year. The date and time of the examination will be announced by the graduate program before the end of the Fall 

semester. The dissertation proposal, with oral presentation, must be completed by the end of the third year. 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

Students who have been accepted into the PhD program and are unable to satisfy the PhD requirements may 

complete a MS degree. There is no direct admission into the MS program. Applicants interested in a terminal 

master's degree, should consider the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) with a concentration in Bioengineering offered 

by the Office of Advanced Engineering. Information about this program can be found at 

http://www.oaee.umd.edu/grad/pmbi.html 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department has access to well-equipped bioengineering research laboratories and associated departmental 

facilities of its faculty. In addition, there are core facilities available for bioengineering research. Animal facilities are 

available if necessary. 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate assistantships and fellowships are available on a competitive basis to PhD students. No separate financial 

support application is required. Students will automatically be considered for eligible forms of support. 

Contact Information 

Please see the program's web site for program description, admission requirements, and financial aid information. 

Graduate Program in Bioengineering 

2330 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building University of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-7426 

Fax:(301)405-9953 

bioe-grad@umd.edu 

http://www.bioe.umd.edu 

Courses: BIOE 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 
Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering 
Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 
Kinesiology 
Biochemistry 

Engineering: Chemical Engineering (ENCH) 

Abstract 

The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department offers educational opportunities leading to a Doctor of 
Philosophy degree or Masters of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Both degrees require a written thesis and 
an oral examination on the thesis. Our faculty research interests cover a wide array of subject matter and is well- 
equipped for graduate research in; aerosol science and engineering, biochemical engineering, computational 
modeling, fluid mechanics and mixing, fuel cell technology, metabolic engineering and systems biology, nanoparticle 
technology, polymer processing and characterization, polymer reaction engineering, process control, thermodynamics 
and transport phenomena, and systems research. The Department maintains a distributed computing network 
consisting of research laboratories and a PC laboratory. Major research facilities including electron microscopy, X-ray 
diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and NMR are coordinated through a variety of laboratories. 
Admissions Information 

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The programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are open to qualified students 
holding the Bachelor of Science degree. Admission may be granted to students with degrees in other engineering and 
science areas from accredited programs, and it may be necessary in some cases to require courses to establish an 
undergraduate Chemical Engineering background. The general regulations of the Graduate School apply in reviewing 
applications. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Preferred: February 1 


Preferred: May 1 



Application Requirements 

1 . Completed Application Form 

2. Statement of Purpose 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. One complete set of official transcripts reflecting all undergraduate and graduate work completed or in progress 

5. Offical GRE Score for General Exam 

6. Offical TOEFL Score (if applicable) 

7. Application Fee 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science or Master of Engineering (M.S. or M.E.) 

A minimum of 30 credit hours of course work in technical areas relating directly to chemical engineering is required for 

the M.S. degree, 6 of which are devoted to thesis research. All students seeking graduate degrees in Chemical 

Engineering must enroll in ENCH 610, 620, 630, and 640 if they have not completed equivalent courses. In addition to 

Graduate School regulations, special degree requirements (including core course GPA requiremtns) are described at 

the Chemical Engineering Department website: www.ench.umd.edu. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is granted only upon sufficient evidence of high attainment in scholarship and the 

ability to engage in independent research. The Chemical Engineering Department requires minimum of 45 semester 

hours of course work beyond the B.S. degree. A minimum of 18 credit hours of Thesis Research is required; students 

in the PhD program can register only for ENCH 899 Thesis Research. In addition to Graduate School regulations, 

special degree requirements include a research aptitude Ph.D. qualifying examination and a research proposal 

including an oral presentation covering the projected Ph.D. dissertation. All Ph.D. graduate students are required to 

serve as Teaching Assistants for two semesters. Other requirements, incluidng CORE course GPA requiremtns are 

found on the Department website: www.ench.umd.edu. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

A number of special facilities are available for graduate study and research and are coordinated through the Polymer 

Reaction Engineering Laboratory, the Chemical Process Systems Laboratory, the Laboratory for Mixing Studies, the 

Thermophysical Properties Laboratory, the Laboratory for Biochemical Engineering and the Biochemical Reactor 

Scale Up Facility. These laboratories contain advanced process control computers, polymer processing equipment 

and polymerization reactors, polymer characterization instrumentation, fermentors, a laser Doppler anemometry 

facility, and an aerosol characterization facility. 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate research assistantships typically support qualified Ph.D. students. Graduate fellowships are available on a 

competitive basis to both entering and continuing Ph.D. students. Typically only those Ph.D. students who enter the 

program in the Fall semester are eligible for fellowships. We are unable to provide financial support to students in our 

masters degree program. 

Contact Information 

For more specific information on the graduate program, contact: 

Graduate Coordinator 

2113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Building 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-5888 

Fax:(301)405-0523 

enchqrad(5>deans. umd.edu 

http://www.chbe.umd.edu/ 
Courses: ENCH ENCH 



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Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering (ENCE) 

Abstract 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science 
and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. All programs are planned on an individual basis by the student and an adviser 
taking into consideration the student's background and special interests. Areas of concentration at both the 
master's and doctoral levels include: transportation engineering, environmental engineering, water resources 
engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, civil systems and project management. 
Admissions Information 

Applicants for admission should hold a B.S. degree in civil engineering. However, applicants with undergraduate 
degrees in other disciplines may be accepted with the stipulation that deficiencies in prerequisite undergraduate 
coursework be corrected before enrolling in graduate courses. In addition to the requirements set forth by the 
Graduate School, applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply to the Master's Program, and a minimum 
GPA of 3.5 to apply to the Doctoral Program. Applicants with lower GPA's may be considered and accepted in a 
provisional basis if other indicators of ability are exceptional (letters of recommendation, GRE scores, prior 
experience ...). Applicants are also required to submit results from the Graduate Record Examination. There are no 
entrance examinations required for the program. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants 
seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and 
L visas and immigrants 


Deadline: May 1 
Preferred: December 1 


Deadline: October 15 
Preferred: September 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Official Transcripts 

4. Statement of Purpose 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science or Master of Engineering (M.S. or M.E.) 

The M.S. degree program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. In addition to an M.S. degree, the department 

also offers a Master of Engineering (M.E.) degree. The Department's policies and requirements are the same as 

those of the Graduate School. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The requirements for the Ph.D. degree are also the same as those of the Graduate School. The student will work 

closely with an adviser to develop an approved program of study suited to his or her individual needs. Before 

admission to candidacy, the student must pass a qualifying examination, which is normally taken after the 

coursework is at least 75 percent completed. There is no language requirement for the Ph.D. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Departmental research facilities include laboratories in the following areas: transportation, systems analysis, 

environmental engineering, hydraulics, remote sensing, structures, and soil mechanics. Graduate students have 

convenient access to a spectrum of computer facilities, including networked personal computers and workstations, 

specialized computer-aided design, graphics, and visualization laboratories, campus mainframe computers, and 

remote supercomputer facilities. 

The Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas are easily accessible for data, field studies, library access, 

contacts with national organizations, and attendance at national meetings. The location of the University of 

Maryland offers a unique opportunity to obtain an advanced degree in civil engineering. 

Financial Assistance 

Research assistantships are available from individual faculty members. Only a limited number of teaching 

assistantships are available. Part-time work as grading assistants is available as well. 

Contact Information 

Graduate Office 

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1 1 73 Glenn L. Martin Hall 



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University of Maryland 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4195 

Fax:(301)405-2585 

ence-admissions@umd.edu 

http://www.ence.umd.edu/grad/index.php 

Courses: ENCE ENCE 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering (ENEE) 

Abstract 

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Maryland, College Park offers one 
of the strongest and most highly-ranked programs in the nation. Led by 89 full-time and affiliate faculty members and 
50 research faculty and postdocs, the research programs of the department cover a wide spectrum of activities in the 
areas of: 

* Communications and Networking 

* Signal Processing 

* Control, Robotics, and Dynamical Systems 

* Computer Engineering 

* Optics and Photonics 

* Circuits and Systems 

* Electronic Materials and Devices 

* Bioelectronics and Systems 

* Applied Electromagnetics 

Our close affiliation with a number of research institutes such as the Institute for Systems Research, the Institute for 

Advanced Computer Studies, the Institute for Research in Electronics and Applied Physics, the Institute for Physical 

Science and Technology, and the Maryland Center for Integrated Nano Science and Engineering provides to our 

students and researchers the opportunity for team-oriented, cross-disciplinary research and access to the institutes' 

state-of-the-art laboratories. 

ECE is a large department that offers a broad range of programs and research opportunities. Its research innovations 

are aimed at helping government and industry face today's most difficult global challenges. Employers and peer 

institutions recognize the prestige of Maryland's engineering programs. 

Maryland's proximity to Washington, DC, offers unique research opportunities with national and government 

laboratories such as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of 

Standards and Technology, and the Army and Navy Research Labs. No other top Engineering program in the U.S. 

can provide such close proximity and access to national laboratories, federal government, and the Department of 

Defense. 

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers graduate study leading to the Master of 

Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. 

For additional information about the department's programs and research, please visit ece.umd.edu . 

Admissions Information 

For the most current and detailed information regarding ECE graduate admissions and deadlines, please refer to 

our ECE Graduate Admissions web page. Applicants must follow all instructions detailed on this web page. 

For admission to the graduate programs in electrical and computer engineering, students must hold an 

undergraduate degree in electrical or computer engineering or related field (math, computer science, physics, or 

other areas of engineering) and have an overall grade point average of B+ or better. In exceptional cases, students 

with a lower GPA may also be admitted. Other criteria include overall academic record, strength of 

recommendations, GRE score, and adequacy of preparation. Applicants are competitively judged by a faculty 

committee. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 1 
Preferred: December 1 




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under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Preferred: December 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . Online Web Application and Supplemental Form (ASF) 

2. GRE General 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. Official Transcripts 

5. Statement of Goals 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

The M.S. program offers the thesis and non-thesis options. Students must satisfy a course requirement and complete 

either a Thesis or Scholarly Paper. For complete details, see the ECE Graduate Handbook . 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Students in the Ph.D. program must complete a course requirement, satisfy a Ph.D. Qualifying Requirement, pass an 

oral Ph.D. Research Proposal Examination, and write and successfully defend a Ph.D. dissertation. For complete 

details, see the ECE Graduate Handbook . 

Facilities and Special Resources 

For detailed information on the department's research institutes and laboratories, please see the ECE Research 

Overview . 

Financial Assistance 

Financial aid is available to graduate students in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and 

fellowships. Details are available in the ECE Graduate Handbook . Applicants for admission are automatically 

considered for these packages provided they mark "yes" for financial assistance on the application form and submit 

their materials by the preferred deadline. 

Contact Information 

Graduate Studies Office 

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 

2434 A.V. Williams Bldg. 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-3681 

Fax:(301)405-8728 

eceqradstudies@umd.edu 

http://www.ece.umd.edu/ 

Courses: ENEE 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 
Engineering: Telecommunications 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Fire Protection Engineering (ENFP) 

Abstract 

The Fire Protection Engineering Department offers a diversified program of graduate studies leading to the Master 
of Science or the Master of Engineering (Professional Master's) degree. An individual study plan compatible with 
the student's interest and background is developed between the student and advisor. Several specialized areas of 
graduate study are available. One possible area focuses on engineering principles concerned with fire modeling 
and combustion behavior, i.e. the scientific fundamentals of diffusion flame combustion, the mechanics of flame 
propagation, and the techniques of field or zone simulation for the prediction of fire development and smoke 
movement. Another example area of study involves the application of risk analysis techniques, using predictive 
and analytical procedures for the quantitative assessment of the magnitude of fire hazards and the probabilities of 
potential fire incidents. Related and additional areas of study include "smart" fire detection, structural fire 
protection, contents and furnishings flammability, fire and indoor air pollution, regulatory effectiveness analysis, 
and performance based codes. These and other topics are available to graduate students on an individual basis. 
Admissions Information 

The M.S. and M.Eng. programs are open to qualified students holding the B.S. degree. Full admission may be 
granted to students with degrees in any of the engineering and physical science areas from accredited programs. 
In some cases it may be necessary to require undergraduate courses to fulfill the student's background. In addition 

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to the Graduate School requirements, the Graduate Record Examination is, in most cases, required. 
Application Deadlines 


Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants 
seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and 
L visas and immigrants 


Deadline: May 31 
Preferred: February 1 


Deadline: October 31 
Preferred: September 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science or Master of Engineering (M.S. or M.E.) 

The M.S. degree program requires a thesis and completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Individual programs of 

study are determined by the student and his or her advisor and the department. In addition to a M.S. degree, the 

department also offers a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree which requires 30 credit hours of approved 

courses in major and minor core areas. The department's degree requirements are given in detail in its 

publications. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The department provides laboratory facilities for graduate research. The laboratories contain several standard test 

apparatus such as the cone calorimeter and LIFT apparatus, smoke measurement and particle obscuration 

apparatus, saltwater modeling tank, and advanced data acquisition systems. Additional facilities are available 

through our collaboration with the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute (MFRI) and the National Institute of 

Standards and Technology. The departmental computer laboratory contains personal computers and an extensive 

library of fire modeling software for research related activities. Sun workstations and a DEC-based CAD facility are 

provided by the Clark School of Engineering. A mainframe computer in the Computer Science Building is available 

by remote access from the Department Computer Laboratory. The university libraries have an extensive fire 

protection engineering collection. The department has computerized access to the National Institute of Standards 

and Technology's Fire Research Library through FIREDOC. 

Financial Assistance 

Financial aid is available in the form of fellowships and teaching and research assistantships. Research 

assistantships are awarded in conjunction with the availability of research funds. Professional firms and 

governmental agencies in the area have work-study programs available to graduate students. 

Contact Information 

Brochures and publications offered by the Department may be obtained by writing to us below. Further information 

is readily available via our Internet homepage and world wide web site at http://www.fpe.umd.edu . 

James A. Milke, Chair 

3106 J. M. Patterson Bldg.- 

Fire Protection Engineering Department - University of Maryland - College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-3992 

Fax:(301)405-9383 

enfpgrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.fpe.umd.edu/ 

Courses: ENFP ENFP 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering (ENMA) 

Abstract 

Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary program. Students from engineering and science disciplines 
receive a solid foundation in the physics and chemistry of materials, thermodynamics and structure of materials, as 
well as the latest technological aspects of materials in today's manufacturing environment. Faculty research areas 
are mainly concentrated in the development of novel materials for today's electronics, energy, biomedical and high 
tech industries. These materials may be bulk or thin film format and range from ceramics, semiconductors, metals, 



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polymer and biomaterials . Departmental faculty members are major participants in the University of Maryland 

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center , the Maryland NanoCenter and the University of Maryland 

Energy Research Center . For an overview of the Materials Science and Engineering Department, please 

visit Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Maryland . 

Admissions Information 

The Department offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science (thesis or non-thesis options) and Doctor of 

Philosophy degrees. In addition, students enrolled in the Professional Master of Engineering program may choose 

Materials Science and Engineering as a program option. Graduate study is open to qualified students holding a 

bachelor's degree from accredited programs in any of the engineering and science areas. For detailed admissions 

and program information, please visit Materials Science and Engineering Graduate Programs . 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Supplemental Application (APRA) 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

The M.S. degree program offers thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of course 
work plus a thesis. The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours of course work and a scholarly research paper. All 
students must complete the Program Core requirements as well as all Graduate School requirements. The University 
of Maryland's Office of Advanced Engineering Education also offers a Professional Master of Engineering (M.E.) 
degree with a materials science and engineering option which requires 30 credits of graduate coursework and does 
not require a thesis. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Students wishing to pursue a Ph.D. must complete 45 credits of core and specialized coursework and a dissertation 
based on original research. After the completion of the second semester of coursework, the student will take the 
Ph.D. qualifying examination. Advancement to candidacy occurs after the completion of the core courses with a 3.5 
GPA and successful completion of the Ph.D. qualifying examination. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

Special equipment includes scanning and transmission electron microscopes; X-ray diffraction devices; image 
analysis and mechanical testing facilities; crystal growing, thin film deposition and analysis equipment; HPLC, GC, IR 
and other sample preparation and analytical apparatus. 

The Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing (LAMP) in JM Patterson 2225 includes a class 1000 clean room 
for various kinds of thin film processing, particularly things difficult to acccomplish in the NanoCenter's new FabLab 
clean room in the Kim Building. LAMP also features custom-designed ultraclean chemical vapor deposition (CVD) 
and atomic layer deposition (ALD) equipment as the basis for research in nano applications and manufacturing 
process prototyping, particularly with real-time chemical sensing for metrology and process control. A custom wafer- 
scanning electrical characterization facility enables resistance and capacitance mapping. 

The Nano-Bio Systems Laboratory (NBSL) in JM Patterson 2229 adjoins LAMP and provides capability for biotech 
research, specifically in biomaterials processing and biomicrosystems development. It includes a Zeiss 310 laser 
confocal/fluorescence microscope, microfluidic chip testing for biomolecular reaction and cellular response 
experiments, biomaterials deposition, a Zyvex L200 nanomanipulator system for life science studies, and mass 
spectrometry and ICP optical emission equipment. 

The W. M. Keck Laboratory for Combinatorial Nanosynthesis and Multiscale Characterization in 1141 Kim Building 
houses several thin film deposition chambers for rapid exploration of novel functional materials. The combinatorial 
approach allows simultaneous invstigation of large numbers of different samples. The combinatorial laser molecular 
beam epitaxy is used to perfrom atomic layer controlled combinatorial synthesis of functional materials. Atomically 
controlled growth of unitcells are monitored in-situ using electron diffraction. 

The Nanoscale Imaging, Spectroscopy and Properties (NISP) lab, located in the Jeong H. Kim Building, houses the 
most electron powerful microscopes within any university in the Washington, DC metro area. The facility has a Field- 
emission Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM) with 1.4 angstrom resolution and can generate chemical- 
composition maps of materials using Energy-Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) or Electron Energy-Loss 
Spectroscopy (EELS). Also housed in the lab are a thermionic TEM with 2.0 angstrom resolution (capable of in-situ 



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electrical measurements and in-situ observations between -183 C and 1000C) and an electron microprobe with five 

Wavelength-Dispersion X-Ray Spectrometers (WDS). 

Equipment available at other facilities include a Lakeshore vibrating scanning magnetometer and a scanning Auger 

spectrometer. 

For additional information about the department's research facilities, please visit the following webpage: Materials 

Science and Engineering Research . 

Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance in the form of teaching and research assistantships and sponsored fellowships are available to 

qualified students. Requests for financial assistance will be considered for Fall admission only. 

Contact Information 

Information is available from: 

Dr. Kathleen C. Hart, Associate Director, Student Services 

1113 Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Bldg. 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-5989 

enmagrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.mse.umd.edu/grad/index.html 

Courses: 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 

Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 

Engineering: Bioengineering 

Biophysics 

Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Mechanical Engineering (ENME) 

Abstract 

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of 
Philosophy degrees. In addition, students may pursue a Master of Engineering degree through the Professional 
Master's Program of the Office of Advanced Engineering Education. The Department's instruction and research are 
carried out through the following four divisions: i) Design and Reliability of Systems; ii) Electronic Products and 
Systems; iii) Mechanics and Materials; and iv) Thermal, Fluids and Energy Sciences. 

Design and Reliability of Systems (Formerly known as Design, Risk Assessment and Manufacturing) - The focus 
of this area of concentration is the study of: Product and process design and decision making; Manufacturing 
system modeling and automation; Manufacturing process modeling and control; Reliability and failure modes 
associated with specific semiconductor devices; Manufacturing technology designed specifically to meet high 
standards for yield and quality; Reliability test methods for various electronic or mechanical devices; Test screening 
of parts or systems to eliminate latent defects; Reliability and safety assessment tools for complex aerospace, 
nuclear, or chemical process systems. 

Electronic Products and Systems - This area of concentration addresses the fundamental methods to attain more 
cost-effective and reliable electronic packaging. Areas of specialization include: Electronic packaging; Materials 
characterization; Acceleration testing; Condition monitoring; Computer aided life cycle engineering (CALCE). 
Mechanics and Materials - This division concentrates on the study of analytical and experimental fundamentals of 
mechanics and materials. Areas of specialization include: Computational modeling; Control systems; Design, 
characterization, and manufacturing of materials; Elasticity; Experimental mechanics; Fracture mechanics; Linear 
and nonlinear mechanics; Micro-nano-bio systems; Noise and vibration control; Nonlinear dynamics; Robotics and 
intelligent machines; Smart structures. 

Thermal, Fluids and Energy Sciences - This division encompasses two broad disciplines: thermal science and 
fluid mechanics. Areas of specialization include: Heat transfer; Combustion; Energy systems analysis; 
Hydrodynamics; Turbulence; Computational fluid dynamics (CFD). 

Reliability and Risk Engineering - This program covers aspects of engineering related to reliability and risk 
assessment. The primary areas of specialization include: Microelectronic reliability; Reliability analysis; Risk 
analysis; Software reliability. 
Admissions Information 

The programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are open to qualified students holding a bachelor's degree in 
mechanical engineering. Admission may also be granted to students with degrees from other areas of engineering, 
mathematics, and physical sciences. In some cases, students may be required to take undergraduate courses to fill 
gaps in their background. In addition to the requirements set forth by the Graduate School, the applicant is required 
to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and, for all international applicants, scores from the 
TOEFL exam are also required. Applicants are also required to submit at least three letters of recommendation and 
a statement of purpose. 
Application Deadlines 

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Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 15 
Preferred: January 14 


Deadline: October 15 
Preferred: August 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

The minimum requirements of the Department of Mechanical Engineering for acceptance into the Graduate program 
are: 

1 . Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited college or university (or equivalent from a foreign institution). 

2. At least a 3.0 G.P.A. (on a 4.0 scale). 

3. At least 3 letters of recommendation strongly supporting the applicant's admission into the Graduate Program. 

4. An essay or statement of goals and experiences. 

5. A score greater than 1 63 on the Quantitative section and greater than 4.5 on the Analytical Writing section of the 
GRE General Test. 

6. International applicants: at least a 577 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based) score on the TOEFL exam. 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) (M.S.) 

Students enrolled in the M.S. program in Mechanical Engineering must complete at least 30 credits for graduation. 

This includes 24 credits of approved coursework and 6 credits of M.S. Thesis Research. The M.S. Coursework Plan 

sets forth the courses required to be taken by the student in partial fulfillment of the M.S. degree requirements. The 

coursework plan must be prepared in consultation with a faculty advisor in the student's technical area of interest, 

and submitted to the Graduate Office (2180 Glenn L. Martin Hall) for approval by the Director of Graduate Studies at 

the beginning of the first semester of study. Changes to the plan are permitted, but must be approved by the 

student's advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies prior to their implementation. A new coursework plan 

reflecting the changes must be filed with the ME Graduate Office every time changes are made. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Mechanical Engineering) (Ph.D.) 

Students in the Ph.D. program must take a minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework beyond the 

B.S. degree (a minimum of 12 credits of coursework at the University of Maryland) and 12 credits of dissertation 

research. Students currently holding an M.S. from an approved engineering, math, or science program may apply 

up to 24 credits from their previous degree towards their doctoral coursework requirement. In addition, students 

must pass a qualifying examination, propose and have approved a Ph.D. dissertation topic (within two semesters of 

passing the qualifying exam), and successfully produce and defend a Ph.D. dissertation on an original research 

topic. 

(See http://www.enre.umd.edu/grad/phd-req.html for details) 

Doctor of Philosophy (Reliability Engineering) (Ph.D) 

Students in the Ph.D. program must take a minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate coursework beyond the 

B.S. degree (a minimum of 12 credits of coursework at the University of Maryland) and 12 credits of dissertation 

research. Students currently holding an M.S. from an approved engineering, math, or science program may apply 

up to 24 credits from their previous degree towards their doctoral coursework requirement. In addition, students 

must pass a qualifying examination, propose and have an approved Ph.D. dissertation topic (within two semesters 

of passing the qualifying exam), and successfully produce and defend a Ph.D. dissertation on an original research 

topic. 

(See http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad/phd-req.html for details) EDIT THIS 

Master of Science (Reliability Engineering) (M.S.) 

Two options exist to earn the M.S. degree in Reliability Engineering: 

Non-thesis option 

Complete 30 credits with at least 18 at the 600-level or above. Complete the required 6 credits of core courses (see 

below). Maintain an average grade of B or better. Submit at least one scholarly paper addressing reliability within 

his/her field of engineering for approval by two faculty members. The topic must be selected and an advisor located 

by the second semester of study. The paper can be completed by registering for ENRE648, an independent study 

course with selected advisor and approved through Graduate Committee. Complete a set of approved technical 

elective courses to satisfy the balance of the course requirements (a minimum of 24 credits). 

Thesis option 

Complete 24 credits with at least 12 at the 600-level or above. Complete the required 6 credits of core courses. 

Maintain an average grade of B or better. Take an additional 6 credits of ENRE 799 (thesis research). Write a 

satisfactory thesis and defend the thesis in an oral examination. Complete a set of approved technical elective 

courses to satisfy the balance of the course requirements (a minimum of 18 credits). 

(See http://www.enme.umd.edU/grad/ms-req-reliability.html#courseReq for details) 

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The department and college of engineering provide access to a wide variety of experimental and computing 
facilities. Selected department computer resources include approximately 100 networked PC systems and 100 
UNIX workstations. In addition, an enriched CAD computing environment is provided through a large number of 
third-party software products, including computer aided design applications. 
Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance is available to highly qualified students in the form of research and teaching assistantships. 
The most outstanding applicants are offered fellowships. Students seeking financial assistance should submit with 
their applications a current resume or CV as well as a statement regarding their qualifications and/or past research 
or teaching experience. Financial assistance is sought for all worthy students. For example, the following fellowships 
are available for incoming Ph.D students; Dean's Fellowships (supplements Teaching Assistantships and Research 
Assistantships (managed by the A. James Clark School of Engineering); University Fellowships administered by the 
Graduate School (supplements Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships); and LSAMP Bridge to the 
Doctorate Fellowship. Current graduate students may also apply to the Clark School's Future Faculty Fellows 
Program; Dissertation Fellowship from the Graduate School; Litton Fellowship (ME & ECE); and other internally 
awarded and administered fellowships and scholarships. Assistance is also available in identifying and applying for 
prestigious external fellowships. ARCS Fellowship. 
Contact Information 

Detailed information regarding our graduate programs may be found on our website. 
Coordinator of Graduate Studies/Amarildo C. DaMata 
Department of Mechanical Engineering 

2180 Glenn L. Martin Hall 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: (301) 405-4216 
Fax:(301)314-8015 
amata@umd.edu 

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad/ 

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies/Lee Ellen Harper 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

2178 Glenn L. Martin Hall 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: (301)405-8601 
Fax:(301)314-8015 
leharper@umd.edu 

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad 

Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies/Prof. Hugh A. Bruck 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

2174 Glenn L. Martin Hall 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: 301-405-8711 
Fax:301-314-9477 
bruck@umd.edu 

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad 

Co-Director of Reliability Engineering Graduate Program/Prof. Mohammad Modarres 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

0151 Glenn L. Martin Hall 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: (301) 405-5226 
Fax:(301)314-9601 
modarres@umd.edu 

http://www.enre.umd.edu/ 

Courses: ENME ENRE 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 



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Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering (ENPM) 

Abstract 

The Professional Master of Engineering program is a practice-oriented part-time graduate program designed to assist 

engineers and technical professionals in the development of their careers and to provide the expertise needed in the 

rapidly changing business, government, and industrial environments. Late afternoon, evening, and 100% online classes 

are taught by the College Park faculty and experienced adjunct faculty at the College Park campus and designated 

learning centers in Maryland. PLEASE NOTE: DO NOT use program code ENPM when applying for this program. 

Please use the codes for each academic option listed below. 

Options are available in the following engineering disciplines: 

Aerospace Engineering (PMAE) 

Bioengineering (PMBI) 

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (PMCH) 

Civil and Environmental Engineering (PMCE) 

Cybersecurity (PMCY) 

Electrical and Computer Engineering (PMEE) 

Energetic Concepts* (MEEC online) 

Environmental Engineering (PMEN) 

Fire Protection Engineering* (PMFP on campus, ENGF online) 

Materials Science and Engineering (PMMS) 

Mechanical Engineering (PMME) 

Nuclear Engineering* (PMNU on campus, MENU online) 

Project Management* (PMPM on campus, MEPM online) 

Reliability Engineering* (PMRE on campus, MERE online) 

Sustainable Energy Engineering* (PMSU on campus, MEEE online) 

Systems Engineering (PMSE) 

'available 100% online 

Admissions Information 

The program is open to qualified applicants holding a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering or a 

related field. 

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis if they have 

demonstrated satisfactory performance in another graduate program and/or their work has been salutary. 

Applicants with foreign credentials must submit academic records in the original language with literal English 

translations. Allow at least three months for evaluation of foreign credentials. 

We trust that you will find this 30 credit-hour program to be an affordable, convenient way to earn an engineering 

graduate degree, to "retool" and keep current with the latest technological developments in your field, or perhaps to 

develop a new area of expertise so as to further your career. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Summer 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: August 15 
Preferred: August 1 


Deadline: January 10 
Preferred: December 15 


Deadline: May 15 
Preferred: May 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: August 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field 

2. GRE not required 

3. College Transcripts 

4. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

5. Graduate School admission application and fee 

6. In online application, select the appropariate program option as the major from the list above 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) 

The student chooses an area of concentration offered by an engineering department and completes 30 credit hours of 
approved coursework with an average grade of B. The coursework, which allows up to 12 credits at the 400-level, must 
be approved by the program's departmental faculty advisor. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

Courses in the Professional Master of Engineering program are currently offered on the College Park campus, at off- 
campus centers via video-teleconferencing, and 100% online. The Clark School of Engineering's Distance Education 
Technology and Services (DETS) office administers a live interactive distance education system and webcast course 



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capture for students to take courses as they are happening or at a time convenient for their schedule. Remote sites 

around the State of Maryland where our courses can be taken live via DETS are at the Universities at Shady Grove in 

Montgomery County, the Higher Education and Applied Technology (HEAT) Center in Harford County, and the 

Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in St. Mary's County. In addition to lecture dissemination, DETS provides 

state-of-the-art chat, bulletin board, video chat, group presentation, and discussion technologies that give our distance 

students the same, if not more access to faculty and their fellow students. 

The Clark School's Engineering Information Technology group also provides access to needed software and computer 

resources through dedicated virtual computer terminals that allow distance students full access to licensed software, 

libraries, databases, and specialized programs. 

Financial Assistance 

There are no assistantships or fellowships available in this program. 

Contact Information 

For more specific information, contact: 

Dr. George Syrmos, Executive Director 

2105 J. M. Patterson Building, University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-0362 

Fax:(301)405-3305 

oaee@umd.edu 

http://www.oaee.umd.edu 

Ms. Neela Balkissoon, Coordinator of Admissions and Professional Programs 

For Questions about Admission and Academic Programs 

2105 J. M. Patterson Building, University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-7200 

Fax:(301)405-3305 

oaee@umd.edu 

http://www.oaee.umd.edu 

Courses: ENPM 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering 
Engineering: Chemical Engineering 
Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Engineering: Fire Protection Engineering 
Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering 
Engineering: Mechanical Engineering 
Engineering: Reliability Engineering 
Engineering: Systems Engineering 
Engineering: Bioengineering 

Engineering: Reliability Engineering (ENRE) 

Abstract 

Reliability Engineering is an interdisciplinary program of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The academic 
and research programs are based upon the recognition that the performance of a complex system is affected by 
engineering inputs that begin at conception and extend throughout its lifetime. Students may specialize in Assessment 
(Root-Cause Failure Analysis, Probabilistic Risk Assessment, Common-Cause Failures); Testing and Operation 
(Operator Advisory Systems, Human Reliability, Software Reliability); Manufacturing (Statistical Process Control, 
Improved Manufacturing Methods); Component and Structures Reliability (Microelectronics and Materials); or 
Electronic Packaging Reliability. 
Admissions Information 

The Program offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science, Professional Master of Engineering (offered 
through the Office of Advanced Engineering Education), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees and is open to students 
who have a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, physics, or mathematics and obtained a GPA of at least 3.0 
on a 4.0 scale from accredited programs. An individual plan of graduate study compatible with the student's interest 
and background is established by the student in consultation with an advisor. In some cases, it may be necessary to 
require background courses to fulfill prerequisites. In addition to Graduate School admission requirements, the 
Department posts specific degree requirements. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant Fall Spring 



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Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 15 
Preferred: January 14 


Deadline: October 15 
Preferred: August 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General (Required) 

2. 3 Letters of recommendation 

3. Statement of purpose(lf you are planning to be a distance student, please indicate so in your statement) 

4. TOEFL (all international students) 

5. Resume or CV 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S. ) 

The M.S. degree program offers thesis and non-thesis options. The thesis option requires 24 credit hours of 
coursework and 6 credits of thesis research. Students who enroll directly in the Ph.D. program or students who 
transfer into the Ph.D. program from the M.S. program by passing the Ph.D. qualifying examination may obtain a non- 
thesis M.S. degree upon advancing to doctoral candidacy. The non-thesis option requires 30 credit hours of 
coursework, a scholarly paper, and presentation. All students must complete the Program Core requirements as well 
as all of the Graduate School requirements. 

The Professional Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program in Reliability does not require a thesis, but students must 
complete at least 30 credits of approved coursework. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

For the Ph.D. degree, students must complete a minimum of 36 credits of approved graduate courses (a minimum of 
18 credits of coursework at the University of Maryland) and 12 credits of dissertation research, with a minimum 3.0 
GPA overall. In addition, students must pass the Ph.D. qualifying examination and successfully produce and defend a 
Ph.D. dissertation on an original research topic after the core courses and at least two additional ENRE elective 
courses are taken. The GPA for these four courses must be 3.5 or higher. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

Students and faculty have access to a host of special facilities in the College of Engineering, including the nuclear 
reactor, an 8-MeV electron linear accelerator; environmental chambers; mechanical testing, SEM, X-ray and imaging 
facilities; and extensive computer resources. The program also has a complete failure analysis laboratory. 
Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance is available to highly qualified students in the form of research and teaching assistantships. The 
most outstanding applicants are offered fellowships. Students seeking financial assistance are asked to submit with 
their applications a current resume or CV as well as a statement regarding their qualifications and/or past research or 
teaching experience. Financial assistance is sought for all worthy students. 
Contact Information 

Detailed information regarding our graduate programs may be found on our website. 
Co-Director of Reliability Engineering Graduate Program/Prof. Mohammad Modarres 
Department of Mechanical Engineering 
0151 Glenn L. Martin Hall 
College Park, MD 20742 
Telephone: (301) 405-5226 
Fax:(301)405-9601 
modarres@umd.edu 

http://enre.umd.edu/ 

Coordinator of Graduate Studies/Amarildo C. DaMata 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

2180 Glenn L. Martin Hall 

College Park, MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4216 

Fax: (30) 314-8015 

amata@umd.edu 

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad 

Assistant Director of Graduate Studies/Lee Ellen Harper 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

2178 Glenn L. Martin Hall 

College Park, MD 20742 



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Telephone: (301) 405-8601 

Fax:(301)314-8015 

leharper@umd.edu 

http://enme.umd.edu/grad 

Director of Graduate Studies/Prof. Hugh A. Bruck 

Department of Mechanical Engineering 

2174 Glenn L.Martin Hall 

College Park, MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-8711 

Fax:(301)314-8711 

bruck@umd.edu 

http://www.enme.umd.edu/grad 

Courses: ENRE 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 
Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Systems Engineering (ENSE) 

Abstract 

Students in the broadly-based, cross-disciplinary Master of Science in Systems Engineering (ENSE) program at ISR 
benefit both academically and professionally by: 

- Being exposed to a wide range of systems engineering principles and software tools tailored toward support for 
visual modeling of systems, requirements engineering, system-level modeling, optimization and trade-off analysis, 
and human factors engineering. 

- Becoming familiar with the financial and management issues associated with complex engineering systems. 

- Acquiring a deep understanding of one particular application area. 

- Becoming familiar for opportunities for leadership within the systems engineering profession. 

Designed with substantial industry input, the ENSE curriculum represents the University of Maryland's first multi- 
college graduate degree program involving the A. James Clark School of Engineering. 

In addition to the technical management of systems projects, the ENSE program covers a wide range of topics, from 
systems definition, requirements and specifications, to systems design, implementation, and operation. Students 
specialize in one technical area, selected from computer and software systems, communication and networking 
systems, signal processing systems, control systems, manufacturing systems, operations research, transportation 
systems, and robotics. The ENSE program draws upon the extensive engineering, computer science and 
management experience of the of University of Maryland faculty. The program makes optimum use of the university's 
advanced facilities, including extensive libraries of numerical, symbolic, and visualization software, engineering 
workstations, and wireless communication networks. 
Admissions Information 

Admission to the ENSE program is competitive. The program looks for strong evidence of motivation and 
achievement and/or significant professional experience in engineering and/or the sciences. At a minimum, all 
applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate School, graduation from a regionally 
accredited college or university with a B average (or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale). Also key are three (3) strongly positive 
letters of recommendation, usually from current or recent instructors, employers, or supervisors; competitive scores 
on standardized tests (the GRE general test with writing assessment is required); and an articulate statement of 
appropriate goals and interests. Applicants should have a solid background in engineering, math or science. 
Prospective and current students may seek support for their studies through graduate research assistantships or 
graduate fellowships. Students currently working in industry, the military, or the government, who plan to pursue their 
graduate studies part-time, might ask their employers about tuition assistance. All applicants are encouraged to 
explore sources of external funding; a number of comprehensive Internet sites, such as fastweb.com, offer detailed 
information and application instructions. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: March 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 

under F fstnHarrh nr.l (pynhanne vifiitnri 


Deadline: February 1 





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visas 







Application Requirements 

• GRE. Official GRE scores should be sent directly to the University of Maryland (institution code 5814) through 
ETS. 

• TOEFL. Official TOEFL scores should be sent directly to the University of Maryland (institution code 5814) through 
ETS. 

• Official transcripts (original hard copy required) 

• Residency information form (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only) 

• Certification of Finances form (international applicants only) 

• International applicants who are already in the U.S. must provide copies of the I-20, 1-94, and passport visa stamp 

• 3 Letters of recommendation 

• Statement of Goals 

• All other supporting documents should be sent to: University of Maryland College Park, Enrollment Services 
Operations, Application for Graduate Admission, Rm 0130 Mitchell Building, College Park, MD 20742 
Degree Requirements 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

General requirements for the master's thesis and non-thesis options are those of the University of Maryland Graduate 

School. All requirements must be completed within 5 years. The thesis option requires each student to obtain a total 

of 30 credit hours: 24 hours of coursework and six (6) hours for the thesis project to complete the program. The 

coursework includes 18 credits for the six core courses (four courses from the systems engineering core and two 

courses from the management core), and two (2) elective courses. The elective courses must be taken from one 

specialization area. The master's thesis project demonstrates the practical implications of systems engineering 

principles. The thesis project may be related to a practical industrial system, and must be supervised by the 

academic advisor. 

The non-thesis option requires each student to obtain a total of 30 credit hours of coursework to complete the 

program (four courses from the systems engineering core, two courses from the management core, and four elective 

courses). The elective courses must be taken from not more than two specialization areas. In addition, students must 

complete a scholarly paper. Expectations of the scholarly paper: While less detailed and complex than the thesis, the 

scholarly paper also contributes to systems engineering research. For example, a student might chose to write a 

literature review, identify and propose a solution to a systems problem encountered on the job, or prepare a systems 

case study. The scholarly paper is prepared under the supervision of the student's academic advisor. It also must be 

read by at least one additional ISR faculty member, and approved by the ENSE graduate director. No specific format 

is required by the Graduate School. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Modern laboratory, computation, and networking environments play an indispensable role in both the development 

and day-to-day operation of the research and education programs at the Institute for Systems Research. In all of the 

ISR laboratories, real-life experiments and associated research studies are enabled through the integrated design of 

automation and information engineering systems. Computational environments support advanced numerical 

simulation, sensing and control, and automated design of complex heterogeneous engineering systems. Networking 

environments play an indispensible role in enabling of interdisciplinary teams of faculty and students to work 

together. Prototype designs in both hardware and software have led to technological discoveries and patentable 

inventions. 

ISR was established in 1985 as one of the first six National Science Foundation Engineering Research Centers 

(ERCs). Now a self-sustaining ERC, it is a permanent state-supported institute of the University of Maryland, within 

the A. James Clark School of Engineering. ISR faculty and graduate students perform basic and applied research 

with an emphasis on six major research directions: systems engineering methodologies and tools, global 

communications systems, sensor-actuated networks, next generation product-realization systems, societal 

infrastructure systems, and cross-disciplinary systems engineering education. ISR seeks a cohesive and balanced 

approach to the modeling, design, and control of large heterogeneous systems, bringing together a diversified team 

of outstanding engineers, scientists, and students to research, develop, and implement advances in systems 

engineering. 

Financial Assistance 

Prospective and current students may seek support for their studies through graduate research assistantships with 

ISR faculty or graduate fellowships. Students currently working in industry, the military, or the government, who plan 

to pursue their graduate studies part-time, might ask their employers about tuition assistance. All applicants are 

encouraged to explore sources of external funding; a number of comprehensive Internet sites, such as fastweb.com, 

offer detailed information and application instructions. 

Contact Information 

Information regarding the program may be obtained by writing to: 

Master of Science in Systems Engineering (ENSE) Program 

Institute for Systems Research 

2175 A.V. Williams Building (115) 

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University of Maryland College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4419 

Fax:(301)314-9920 

ensegrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.isr.umd.edu/MSSE/index.htm 

Courses: ENSE 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Chemical Engineering 

Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Computer Science 

Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Business and Management 

Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering 

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering 

Mathematics 

Engineering: Mechanical Engineering 

Engineering: Professional Master of Engineering 

Graduate Certificate: Engineering 

Engineering: Telecommunications (ENTS) 

Abstract 

The Master's in Telecommunications Program offers students a unique opportunity to engage in cross-disciplinary 

coursework from both the A. James Clark School of Engineering and the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the 

University of Maryland. This extraordinary combination culminates in a degree that prepares students for the broad 

range of rigors and issues that encompass the dynamic telecommunications industry. 

The program covers several different areas including Information System Security, Wireless Communications, 

Networking, and Business and Management for the telecommunications industry. The program may be pursued 

either full-time or part-time. All courses are scheduled in the evening to suit working professionals, while some 

courses additionally offer daytime sections. 

The program is designed around a core curriculum that provides a solid technical foundation and management 

background. The Master's in Telecommunications degree requires successful completion of 30 credits and a 

scholarly paper. Please visit our Degree Requirements page for detailed information. 

Students may choose from a wide range of electives to develop their interests and complement their career goals. 

Please visit our Course Descriptions page for a detailed listing of our courses. In addition to the courses listed there, 

special topics electives are regularly offered. As our program keeps up with industrial trends, these courses focus on 

emerging, cutting-edge topics. 

Please see our website, www.telecom.umd.edu , for the most current information. 

Admissions Information 

For the most current and detailed information regarding admissions and deadlines for the Master's in 

Telecommunications, please refer to our Admissions page. 

The program is open to applicants holding a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering, computer 

science, math, physics or related technical fields with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA 

of slightly less than 3.0 may be considered if they have demonstrated strong performance in prior graduate study 

and/or professional experience. 

Because of the program's rigorous technical core, applicants must have sufficient mathematical backgrounds (e.g. 

successful completion of Calculus I, Calculus II, and Differential Equations). The GRE will be strongly considered; 

however, it is not required for admission. 

This program is professional in nature and has a non-standard tuition. Tuition for the 201 1 -1 2 academic year is 

$950.00 per credit. The tuition rate is the same for all students, regardless of residency or citizenship. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 1 


Deadline: October 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



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Application Requirements 

• Official College Transcripts 

• 3 Letters of Recommendation 

• Statement of Purpose 

• Resume 

• International applicants: Official TOEFL or IELTS scores 
Degree Requirements 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

Requirements to earn the Master's in Telecommunications degree include completing 30 credit hours of course work, 

achieving a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, and submitting a satisfactory scholarly paper. The 

30 credits include eight required courses and two elective courses. All graduate students at the University of 

Maryland are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA each semester to remain in good standing. 

Additional courses beyond the required courses must be approved by the Program Office and should not impede the 

student's progress towards degree completion. ALL courses taken at the University of Maryland count towards the 

student's cumulative GPA. 

Please visit our Degree Requirements page for detailed information. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Students enrolled in the Program are allowed exclusive access to the Telecommunications PC Lab. 

Financial Assistance 

Since the Master's in Telecommunications Program does not normally offer financial support in the form of graduate 

assistantships, many of our students find assistantships in other units, especially non-academic units, which do not 

have graduate students. 

Contact Information 

Master's in Telecommunications Program Office 

2433 A.V. Williams Building, University of Maryland, 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-3682 

Fax:301-314-9324 

telecomprogram@umd.edu 

www.telecom.umd.edu 

Courses: ENTS 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering 



English Language and Literature (ENGL) 

Abstract 

The Department of English offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees; 
particular strengths of the department include early British literature, especially that of the Renaissance; American 
literature; literature of the African diaspora;postcolonial and transnational literary studies; digital humanities; feminist 
theory and gender studies; and composition and rhetoric. The Department also offers a Master of Fine Arts degree 
in Creative Writing (See listing for Creative Writing). Most students enrolled in graduate programs in English 
Language and Literature seek employment in higher education, but many also seek non-academic employment in 
publishing, business and technical writing, administration, and personnel management. To assist with placement, 
the department has a Placement Director and the university has a Career Development Center. 
Admissions Information 

In addition to fulfilling Graduate School requirements, applicants to the M.A. degree program should present a 3.5 
GPA in English and 24 hours of upper-level English courses. Applicants to the Ph.D. degree program should 
present at least a 3.7 GPA and a B.A. degree, normally in English Language and Literature. All M.A. and Ph.D 
applicants should submit a single critical writing sample of 12-20 pages as indicated on the application guidelines. 
For best consideration, complete applications for all degree programs should be submitted by December 8. 
Applications are not accepted after December 8. The Admissions Committee will begin reviewing applications 
immediately. Admission is for the Fall semester only. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A. E. G. H. I and L visas 


Deadline: December 8 
Preferred: December 8 





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and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 8 
Preferred: December 8 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General required 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation from current or former teachers 

3. Unofficial list of relevant coursework 

4. Official transcripts from all schools attended 

5. A single critical writing sample (1 2-20 pages) 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. degree program requires a total of 36 credit hours of graduate work. PhD students must also 1) pass a 

qualifying examination in their areas of specialization; 2) demonstrate, through examination or coursework, evidence 

of reading competence in a foreign language related to their areas of specialization; and 3) complete a dissertation. 

Applicants to the Ph.D. program normally must have a B.A in English Language and Literature. Applicants who wish 

to pursue a Ph.D. but who do not have a B.A. in English Language and Literature may apply to the M.A. program. In 

exceptional cases the Admissions Committee may decide to admit a student with a B.A. degree other than in 

English Language and Literature with the requirement that the student complete extra course work as deemed 

necessary. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The M.A. degree program requires 30 credit hours of graduate work distributed to assure coverage of major 

historical fields. The student either may take 24 hours of coursework and write a thesis for the other six hours, or 

may take 30 hours of coursework and do a capstone writing project. The department also offers a special M.A. with 

a Concentration in Composition and Rhetoric; this degree program requires 30 credit hours of graduate work, 

provides thesis and non-thesis options, and balances courses in literature with courses in the theory of composition 

and rhetoric. 

The department is in the process of reviewing the MA degree requirements. Students applying for academic year 

2012-13 will be enrolled in the existing program. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Resources for research in the College Park and Washington, D.C. area are unsurpassed. The university's libraries 

hold over 2,000,000 volumes. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers 

the specialized resources of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Archives, the 

Smithsonian Institution, and the National Center for the Study of the Visual Arts. 

UMCP is a member of the Consortium of Institutions in the Washington area, which permits graduate students at 

College Park to enroll in courses at other universities for graduate credit at UMCP. Graduate students in English 

also may take courses for graduate credit at the Folger Institute of Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Studies, 

which runs a series of seminars by distinguished scholars each year. 

Financial Assistance 

The English Department, in conjunction with the College of Arts and Humanities and the Graduate School, awards a 

small number of fellowships to exceptional PhD candidates. The English Department also awards teaching 

assistantships, the primary form of financial aid. Currently, about 8-10 teaching assistantships are available each 

year to incoming students. 

Contact Information 

Additional information on admission, degree requirements, and financial aid can be obtained from: 

Manju Suri, Academic Coordinator 

21 1 6 Tawes Hall University of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-3798 

engl-grad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.english.umd.edu 

Courses: ENGL 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Communication 

Entomology (ENTM) 

Abstract 

The Department of Entomology offers both the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees. Graduate 
students may specialize in a range of topics in both basic and applied insect science. Topics include insect ecology 



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and behavior, physiology and morphology, insect pathology, toxicology and environmental risk assessment, evolution 

and biosystematics, and pest management. 

Employment opportunities for graduates exist in industry, academia, federal, state and local governments, and in 

international and national spheres. 

Admissions Information 

Students applying for graduate work in entomology are expected to have strong backgrounds in the biological or 

agricultural sciences, chemistry, and mathematics. An undergraduate degree in entomology is not required, but a 

strong basic preparation is preferred for admission to the program. 

Admission is granted on the basis of the following criteria by the Graduate Affairs Committee: Analysis of transcripts, 

including course selection and GPA, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose for pursuing the degree, GRE 

scores, and acceptance by a graduate faculty advisor. International applicants must also submit proof of English 

proficiency (TOEFL, iBT or IELTS scores). Acceptance by an advisor is absolutely required; thus, it helps to make 

contact with faculty when applying. 

Upon admission to the M.S. or Ph.D. program, the student's study committee suggests a program of course work and 

approves a detailed research proposal. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 





Application Requirements 

1 . University of Maryland application for graduate studies 

2. Academic transchpt(s) 

3. Scores of the Graduate Record Exam General Aptitude Test (institutional code is 581 4; departmental code not 
required) 

4. Scores of the Graduate Record Exam Advanced Biology Test (optional but include if available) 

5. 3 letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant's abilities and aptitude for graduate work 

6. Statement of purpose/research interests and professional objectives (can be reasonably broad; 1 -2 pages in length) 

7. International students must submit scores from the TOEFL, iBT or IELTS. Maryland's institutional code is 5814; no 
departmental code is needed. Students who take the iBT or IELTS exams do not need to take the TSE 

8. Applicants are encouraged to contact ENTM faculty with shared research interests. To explore matches of your 
interests with those of ENTM faculty, see the ENTM website, entm.umd.edu. 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

In the M.S. program, the student is given latitude in the selection of the advisory study committee, the choice of a 
study area, and the selection of a research program. The student must take several core courses and specific 
courses required by the study area. The M.S. degree is awarded following the successful completion of course work 
(24 credits), thesis research (6 credits) and thesis defense. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. program provides diverse opportunities for the selection of a dissertation question, composition of advisory 
committee, and selection of an area of specialization. In addition to core course requirements, course work targeting 
an area of specialization is determined by the advisory study committee. Following completion of most course work, 
the Ph.D. student is given an oral qualifying examination for advancement to candidacy, and the degree is awarded 
after successful completion of the dissertation defense exam. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The department is housed in a modern research facility on campus, where state-of-the-art offices, laboratories, 
environmental growth chambers, multimedia classrooms, and lecture halls provide an excellent environment for 
research and teaching. Students have individual work stations and access to sophisticated computer graphic 
facilities. The department also shares extensive technical expertise and scientific equipment with other departments 
on campus. The university's strategic location in the Washington, DC area provides many opportunities for students 
to conduct research and gain hands-on experience in federal facilities, such as the Smithsonian Institution, USDA- 
ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and NIH. Vast resources are 
available in the university's library system and nearby federal libraries. The USDA's National Agriculture Library at 
Beltsville is only four miles from the campus, and the Library of Congress is in nearby Washington, DC. Besides the 
main campus, the Maryland Experiment Station has Research and Education Centers in the state where field and 
laboratory work is carried out on urban and agricultural insects. Land use and technical services at these Centers are 
available to faculty and students. 
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Graduate students are supported primarily in two ways. Many students are supported by extramural funding sources, 
usually obtained by the student's faculty advisor for research on a specific topic. The second type of support is 
provided by the department from internal funds via university and departmental fellowships, and teaching and 
research assistantships. Teaching and research assistantships are available on a competitive basis. Teaching 
assistants usually instruct undergraduate laboratory and recitation classes and receive in return a tuition waiver of ten 
credits each semester. Those students with grade point averages greater than 3.5 and GRE scores over 1400 
(combined verbal and quantitative) may also be competitive for university and departmental fellowships. Several part- 
time employment opportunities are also available in governmental and private research and developmental 
laboratories in the area. Regardless of the initial source of funding, the department makes a financial commitment to 
each graduate student. In the case of master's students, support is provided for the first three years of the program 
only. In the case of doctoral students, five years of support is provided but must be used during the first six years of 
the student's program. Support is usually for the full 12 months. 
Contact Information 

The departmental website, www.entm.umd.edu, describes the mission and administrative organization of the 
department, the faculty and staff, the teaching, research, and extension programs, and the facilities. The website also 
gives additional information on the graduate program, including requirements for admission, course requirements, 
examinations, seminars, and research areas and facilities. 
Graduate Director, Dr. Paula Shrewsbury 

Department of Entomology, 41 12 Plant Sciences Building, University of Maryland, College Park, 
MD 20742-4454 
Telephone: (301) 405-3912 
Fax:301-314-9290 
pshrewsb@umd.edu 

http://www.entm.umd.edu/ 

Courses: ENTM 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Biological Sciences 

Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences 
Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology 



Enviromental Science and Technology (ENST) 

Abstract 

The Department of Environmental Science and Technology (ENST) offers graduate programs leading to the Master of 
Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. ENST students can choose to work within one of three specializations: 
Soil and Watershed Sciences, Ecological Technology Design, or Wetland Science. 
Admissions Information 

Students seeking admission should have strong training in the basic sciences and mathematics. To be admitted with 
full admission status, a student must have completed a minimum of one semester of Calculus and a total of at least 20 
credits in some combination of Chemistry, Physics, Biology or Mathematics (beyond Calculus I). It is also helpful for 
applicants to have completed other courses in science and engineering. Applicants to the M.S. program must have 
earned a B.S. degree in a related field with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants to the Ph.D. 
degree program must have earned an M.S. Degree in a closely related field. In special cases students may be 
admitted to a Ph.D. program without first completing an M.S. degree provided these students have: 1 ) an exceptional 
academic record and test scores; and 2) have demonstrated significant research experience during their B.S. program 
(such as completion of a research based honors thesis.) Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE - General Test) 
are required of all applicants. International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 1 


Deadline: August 15 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 



GRE General Test 

3 Letters of Recommendation 



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Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

Graduate School Requirements: To earn an M.S. degree, the University of Maryland Graduate School requires that a student to 
complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of graduate level classes (400 lever or above) beyond the B.S. degree, plus an 
additional six hours of thesis research credit (799). Of the 24 hours required in graduate courses, at least 12 must be earned in a 
major area and a minimum of 12 credit hours must be 600 level or above. Defense of a thesis based on the student's research is 
required for the degree. 

ENST Departmental Core Requirements: All ENST M.S. students are required to complete ENST 602 and 702, two semesters of 
Graduate Seminar (ENST 798), and one graduate level statistics course. 

Specialization Requirements: The Soil and Watershed Sciences specialization requires that M.S. students complete a total of twelve 
credits of graduate level soil science courses among any four of the following five areas: soil chemistry, soil physics, pedology, soil 
biology, soil fertility. The Ecological Technology Design specialization requires that M.S. students complete a total of twelve credits 
of graduate level courses that have been approved by the student's advisory committee. Six credits must be in ecology and six 
credits must be in ecological design or related engineering courses. The Wetland Science specialization requires that M.S. students 
complete a total of twelve credits from a list of approved graduate level courses . A minimum of three credits must be earned from 
each of these groups: Ecology, Soil Science, Hydrology. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Graduate School Requirements: To earn an Ph.D. degree, the University of Maryland Graduate School requires that the student 
complete a minimum of 12 credits of dissertation research (899) and complete and successfully defend a dissertation based on 
original research. 

ENST Departmental Core Requirements: All ENST Ph.D. students are expected to complete a minimum of 50 credits beyond the 
B.S. degree (in addition to research credits 898 and 899) and are required to complete ENST 602, 702 and two graduate level 
statistics courses (these can be taken during either the M.S. or Ph.D. program), and two semesters of Graduate Seminar (ENST 
798). 

Specialization Requirements: ENST Ph.D. students are expected to have completed all of the M.S. requirements for the particular 
specialization chosen. In addition to having met the M.S. requirements, the Soil and Watershed Sciences specialization requires that 
Ph.D. students complete one semester of graduate level physical chemistry or biochemistry and one additional graduate level 
course in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, or computer science; the Ecological Technology Design 
specialization requires that Ph.D. students complete one semester of graduate level systems modeling, and one additional graduate 
level course in ecology, ecological design or ecological engineering; the Wetland Science specialization requires that Ph.D. students 
complete one graduate level course in modeling, and two additional graduate level courses from within the areas of Ecology, Soil 
Science, or Hydrology. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department has many well-equipped laboratories designed to carry out basic and applied research in Soil and 

Watershed Sciences, Ecological Technology Design and Wetland Science. Laboratories are located on the College 

Park campus in H.J. Patterson Hall and the ANSC/AGEN Building. New state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities on 

campus and a statewide network of research and education centers as well as our proximity to Chesapeake Bay 

provide access to a wide range of environmental conditions for research. Students have access to computer resources 

in the department and a comprehensive computer center located on campus. The University Libraries on campus and 

the National Agricultural Library located nearby, supplemented by the Library of Congress, make the library resources 

accessible to students among the best in the nation. Many ENST projects are conducted in cooperation with other 

departments on campus and with professionals at various scientific centers in the area. Scientists at the USDA-ARS, 

US Geological Survey, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, 

Smithsonian, and National Park Service, as well as other agencies, have cooperated with ENST faculty on various 

projects. Scientists from some of these agencies have adjunct appointments in the Department, have taught special 

courses at the University, and participate on graduate committees. 

Financial Assistance 

ENST offers a number of graduate assistantships to qualified applicants that are awarded on a competitive basis. To 

apply, use the form for requesting financial assistance included in the Graduate School application packet. In addition 

to a competitive stipend, graduate assistants receive tuition remission and are offered excellent health benefits by the 

University of Maryland. 

Contact Information 

ENST Grad. Pgm. Admin. Asst./Tina Scites 

Dept. Environmental Science and Technology, 1426 An.Sci./Ag.Eng. Bldg., 

University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-1198 

Fax:301-314-9023 

tscites@umd.edu 

http://www.enst.umd.edu/graduate/index.cfm 

ENST Director of Graduate Studies/Dr. Martin C. Rabenhorst 

Dept. Environmental Science and Technology, 1 1 09 H.J. Patterson Hall, 

University of Maryland, College Park, 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-1343 

Fax:301-314-2763 

gradstudies-enst@umd.edu 



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http://agnr.umd.edu/departments/enst/graduate/ 

Courses: ENST 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Landscape Architecture 

Family Science (FMSC) 

Abstract 

The Department of Family Science prepares students to describe, explain, and improve the quality of family life 
through applied research, education, therapy, human service program management, policy analysis, and advocacy. 
The approach is interdisciplinary, emphasizing individual, interpersonal, and social change. The program of study is 
based on a systems or ecological paradigm, combining the perspectives of interrelated professional fields including 
family science, couple and family therapy, maternal and child health, family policy, behavioral science, and human 
service program management. Graduates are prepared for careers in the public, non-profit and private sectors, 
including university teaching, research, family policy analysis, and administrative positions in human service and 
public health programs. 

The Department offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Couple and Family Therapy, 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Family Science, and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) 
degrees. Students applying to the PhD program in Family Science should have a Master's degree in Family Science 
or a related behavioral or social science. It is possible for a limited number of students to be accepted into the Family 
Science Ph.D. program with only a Bachelor's degree, but they must complete a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in 
Couple and Family Therapy in route to the Ph.D. Most Maternal and Child Health Ph.D. applicants have a Masters 
Degree in Public Health (MPH), or an applied behavioral or biological science. Prior to entry, MCH students must also 
have completed at least one semester of a university-supervised, graduate level professional experience in a public 
health or mental health setting. MCH students without the five MPH core courses must complete missing courses 
(biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, and health behavior) within 
one academic year of their entry into the program. 

The M.S. program in Couple and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and 
Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The program 
provides students with the counseling work and supervised clinical training typically required in states with Marriage 
and Family Therapy Licensure. The curriculum is based on an integrative approach to family therapy. From a general 
systems perspective, students acquire a broad knowledge of family therapy approaches and related theory. Didactic 
course material is continuously applied in supervised clinical practice in order to integrate theory and practice into a 
total learning experience. 

The Ph.D. in Family Science is a research-oriented program examining internal family processes, as well as the 
dynamic interaction of families with the biological, psychological, social, political, and economic aspects of their 
environment. The integrated program of study focuses on family theory, research methodology, family policy, family 
programs, ethnic families, and major issues confronting contemporary families. Students learn to design, implement, 
and evaluate culturally-sensitive interventions addressing family needs and to analyze the consequences of 
public/private policies on family well-being. 

The Maternal and Child Health Ph.D. program provides interdisciplinary training in research, practice, and policy 
relevant to health problems and services for women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families (including men). 
The MCH program prepares students to advance research, policy and practice to improve the health, safety, and well- 
being of these groups, with a particular emphasis on low income and ethnic minority populations. 
Admissions Information 
Master of Science (M.S.) 
Students are selected on the basis of: 

* performance in previous undergraduate and/or graduate coursework, 

* the strength of GRE scores taken within the last five years, 

* letters of recommendation, 

* quality of the empirical Master's Thesis (for those with a Master's degree), 

* relevant work experience, and 

* professional goals congruent with those of the program. 

In addition, applicants must complete and submit a hard copy of the "Couple and Family Therapy Application Form," 

available on our website, http://www.sph.umd.edu/fmsc/graduate/ms/admission. 

Students applying to the Couple and Family Therapy program must apply by January 15 (International students must 

apply by January 1). Students are only admitted to the Couple and Family Therapy program for the Fall semester. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Family Science Ph.D. program considers applications from students with a Master's or Bachelor's degree in family 

science, public health, or a related discipline. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program in Family Science with a 

baccalaureate degree must complete the M.S. in Couple and Family Therapy with a thesis en route to the Ph.D. 

The Maternal and Child Health Ph.D. program considers applications from students with a Master's degree in Public 

Health (M.PH.) or a social/behavioral/biological sciences Master's degree that focuses on family, maternal, and/or 

child health issues (including mental health). Prior to entry, students must also have completed at least one semester 



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of a university-supervised, graduate level professional experience in a public health or mental health setting. 
Applicants with a Masters degree other than an MPH degree must complete the required 5 public health core courses 
(biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health, health services administration, and social and behavioral sciences) 
within one academic year of their entry into the program. 
In addition to meeting Graduate School requirements, students are selected for the Ph.D. program on the basis of: 

* performance in previous undergraduate and/or graduate coursework, 

* the strength of GRE scores taken within the last five years, 

* letters of recommendation, 

* quality of the empirical Master's Thesis (for those with a Master's degree), 

* relevant work experience, and * professional goals congruent with those of the program. 
The deadline for applications to both Ph.D. programs is December 15. 

The Department of Family Science encourages applications from members of racial/ethnic minority groups for both its 

M.S. and Ph.D. programs. 

Please see the Ph.D application deadlines below. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

1 . GRE Scores 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Statement of Goals 

4. Transcripts 

5. Couple and Family Therapy Application Form (M.S. program only) 

6. Master's thesis or other research sample (Ph.D. program only) 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

The Couple and Family Therapy M.S. program requires 48 credits for the non-thesis option and 51 credits for the 

thesis option, which includes a two-year internship sequence. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. program in Family Science requires 51 graduate credit hours beyond the Master's degree, including 30 core 

credits (theory, issues, research methodology, statistics), 6 elective credits, 3 research internship credits, and 12 

dissertation credits. 

The Ph.D. program in Maternal and Child Health requires 48 graduate credit hours beyond the Master's degree, 

including 21 core credits (theory, issues) 12 research methods and statistics credits, 3 elective credits, and 12 

dissertation credits. 

Students in both Ph.D. programs must also submit an individual study plan, pass a comprehensive examination, and 

complete a dissertation and oral defense. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The University's close proximity to the nation's capital, the state capital in Annapolis, federal executive departments, 

and headquarters of national professional and public interest associations provide research and internship placements 

for studying family policy unmatched by any other graduate program in the discipline. The Washington-Baltimore 

metropolitan area offers rich opportunities for research on culturally and socioeconomically diverse families. The 

campus and department have excellent computer facilities. Students have ready access to the University's extensive 

library systems, as well as holdings from the Library of Congress, the National Institutes of Health, National Library of 

Medicine, National Archives, and many other library collections. 

Family Research Center: This departmental Center promotes family research by securing extramural funding and 

encouraging cooperative research ventures within the University and with other institutions. The Center also hosts 

international scholars engaged in cross-cultural studies of the family and serves as a resource of family information for 

citizens of Maryland and the nation. 

Center for Healthy Families: This Center is the training and research arm of the Couple and Family Therapy Program 

in the Department of Family Science. Departmental graduate students and faculty provide clinical and educational 

services to families from surrounding communities in this new, state-of-the-art facility. Master's and doctoral students 

use data collected at the Center for research projects. 

Center for Young Adult Health and Development (CYAHD): The Center was established as part of the Department of 

Family Science in December 2009. This research center is the first such center in the United States specifically 



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dedicated to understanding the health and development of young adults. Director, Amelia Arria, utilizes her experience 

with the College Life Study (CLS) researching adolescent and young adult health-risk behaviors. The Center furthers 

our knowledge regarding a broad spectrum of issues, including substance abuse, drinking behaviors, and depression 

that affect young adult health and development. 

Financial Assistance 

Financial assistance for Ph.D. students is available through university fellowships and departmental teaching and 

research assistantships. Some assistantships may be available for M.S. students depending on departmental funding 

and faculty grants. Students may also seek assistantships in other campus units and/or apply for doctoral fellowships 

sponsored by federal agencies (e.g., NIH, DHHS). 

Contact Information 

For further information, contact: 

Director of Graduate Studies 

1142 School of Public Health 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-3672 

Fax:(301)314-9161 

fmsc@umd.edu 

http://www.sph.umd.edu/fmsc/ 

Courses: EPIB EDMS PUAF FMSC CCJS 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Nutrition 

Public Health: Maternal and Child Health Ph.D. 

Public Health: Epidemiology Ph.D. 

Psychology 

Sociology 



Food Science (FDSC) 

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science offers courses that may involve the use of animals. Students who 
are concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responisbility to contact the instructor, prior to course 
enrollment, to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals 
are optional or required, and what alternatives, if any, are available. 
Abstract 

The Food Science Graduate Program is an interdepartmental program administered by the Department of Nutrition 
and Food Science (NFSC). The program offers graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in food 
science. Both M.S. and Ph.D. programs require completion of a research project either a thesis for the masters 
degree or a dissertation for the doctoral degree. A graduate faculty is responsible for graduate admission and 
curriculum maintenance. Currently, there are approximately 27 graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Program 
in Food Science and there are 12 graduate faculty members. 
Admissions Information 

A strong background in food science, physical, chemical or biological sciences, or engineering is highly desirable. 
Acceptance is based upon academic transcripts with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of a 3.0 (on a 
4.0 scale) requirement, three letters of recommendation, and a statement of objectives and professional experience. 
All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE-General Test). A minimum score of 500 is 
required in each of the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a score of 3.5-6.0 is required in the Analytical Writing 
section. If the GRE General test was taken prior to October 2002, the minimum score required in each section of the 
GRE is 500,for a total of 1500. International students must take the TOEFL, a minimum score of 100(IBT)is required. 
International applicants must also submit documentation of adequate financial support for their studies. An 
additional requirement for admission is identification of a research advisor prepared to accept the applicant as an 
advisee. Offers of admission (or rejection) are made by the Graduate School based upon the recommendation of 
the Director of the Graduate Program in Food Science and the Graduate Faculty Education Committee. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 


Deadline: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 


Deadline: June 1 



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Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. TOEFL scores for international applicants 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

During their second semester, a faculty advisory committee will be formed and chaired by the student's faculty 
advisor. His/her faculty advisory committee will develop an approved program of study for each graduate student. 
M.S. Degree - Thesis Option 

1 . A minimum of 30 graduate credits of course work including a minimum of 12 credits of 600 level courses and a 
minimum of 6 graduate credits of masters thesis research (NFSC 799). 

2. A research thesis must be submitted and defended before a faculty examining committee approved by the 
Graduate School. 

3. A manuscript, i.e. one or more research papers based upon the thesis, will be submitted to a referred journal for 
review and publication. 

An average duration of a Master's project is 2-3 years depending upon prior education and experience. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

1 . An equivalent of a thesis option M.S. degree is required. 

2. Completion of the program of study established by the student's faculty advisory committee. A minimum GPA of 
3.0 is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. 

3. A minimum of 27 credit hours of graduate study is required to graduate (including courses, seminars, and a 
requirement of 12 credits of Doctoral Dissertation Research-NFSC 899). A dissertation proposal must be presented 
to the faculty advisory committee for approval no later than the end of the third semester of study. 

4. A comprehensive oral examination conducted by the faculty advisory committee preferably before the end of the 
4th semester of study must be taken. Based upon the results of the oral examination, the student shall: 1) be 
admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree; 2) be required to undertake additional study; 3) not be allowed to 
continue in graduate school. 

5. The candidate will prepare and defend a dissertation before a faculty advisory committee. 

6. The candidate will prepare one or more research papers(manuscripts) based upon the dissertation for submittal 
to a referred journal. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Program maintains equipment for conducting both basic an applied research through the individual participating 
faculty members. The facilities are located in the Departments of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Animal and Avian 
Sciences, Cell Biology & Molecular Genetics, and Natural Resource Sciences and Landscape Architecture. There 
are also collaborative arrangements with the National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration, and the 
United States Department of Agriculture. The library facilities are extensive. The resources of several national 
libraries; the National Archives, the National Agriculture Library, the Library of Congress, and the National Library of 
Medicine, which are within ten miles from the campus. 
Financial Assistance 

Financial support for graduate students is available on a competitive basis. The Department of Nutrition and Food 
Science offers a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships. Applicants interested in a teaching assistant 
position should complete the Merit-Base Award Form and submit to the Graduate Program in Food Science office 
by the stated graduate application deadline. International teaching assistants who are not native speakers of 
English are required by the University of Maryland to take part in the International Teaching Assistant evaluation. 
This includes international teaching assistants who may have been educated entirely in English and those with 
Bachelor and Master's degrees from universities in English-speaking countries. A limited number of research 
assistantships are available from grant funds with the student assisting in the research supported under the grant. 
The research often may be applicable to the thesis or dissertation. The University of Maryland emphasizes diversity 
in its recruitment and support of graduate students. Other types of financial aid are also available, including a work- 
study program, grants, fellowships, and loans. 
Contact Information 

Additional information concerning admission requirements, courses, faculty, and facilities are available from: 
Sara Kao, Coordinator, Student Programs 
01 12 Skinner Building 
College Park 
MD 20742-7640 
Telephone: (301) 405-8980 
Fax:(301)314-3313 
sarakao@umd.edu 

http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/nfsc/staff.htm 

Dr. Nadine Sahyoun, Director of the graduate program in Nutrition and Food Science 

0102C Skinner Building 

College Park 

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MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-8774 

Fax:301-314-3313 

nsahyoun@umd.edu 

http://nfsc.umd.edu/files/Sahyoun/index.cfm 

Courses: NFSC 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Nutrition 

French Language and Literature (FRIT) 

Abstract 

The Department of French and Italian prepares students for the Master of Arts (FRIT) and Doctor of Philosophy 
(FRMS) degrees in French language, literature and culture. The research interests of the graduate faculty span the 
Renaissance to the present. For the doctoral program, consult the graduate catalog under "Modern French Studies." 
Admissions Information 

The M.A. program, which offers both a thesis and non-thesis option, is open to students who have a solid grounding in 
French language and literature. An overall Grade Point Average of at least 3.00 (on a four-point scale) at the 
undergraduate level is required. Further application requirements include: 1) Graduate School application, 2) 
statement of purpose (including research interests), 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) official academic transcripts 
for all undergraduate work, 5) GRE scores, 6) a writing sample, and 7) a resume or Curriculum Vitae. International 
applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Preferred: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: February 1 





Application Requirements 

• Graduate School Application 

• GRE Scores 

• Three Letters of Recommendation 

• Writing Sample 

• Sample Writing 

• Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

• Statement of Purpose 

• TOEFL Scores (for International Applicants> 
Degree Requirements 

Doctor of Philosophy (see FRMS under "Modern French Studies") (Ph.D.) 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The M.A. without thesis requires a minimum of 30 credits, of which at least 18 must be selected from courses 
numbered 600 or above. In lieu of a thesis, students must present a Qualifying Paper of between 25 and 30 pages in 
length as evidence of their ability to do independent research. The M.A. with thesis requires a minimum of 24 credits, 
of which not less than 12 must be selected from courses numbered 600 or above. A further six credits (thesis 
research/French 799) are required. The M.A. thesis committee consists of 2 faculty members in addition to the 
student's thesis director, who serves as chairperson. There is an oral examination on the thesis, which should be a 
minimum of 80 pages in length. (See Department Website for complete information) 
Facilities and Special Resources 

With a total student enrollment of over 35,000, the University of Maryland is supported in its academic endeavors by 
the University Libraries, a system of eight libraries and more than three million volumes. Other area research facilities 
include two of the world's outstanding libraries: the Library of Congress and the Folger Library, both of which have 
extensive holdings in French. The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Women's Studies Program, and 
the David C. Driskell Center For The Study of The Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and The African 
Diaspora, among other campus units, offer seminars, lectures, and symposia on a wide variety of topics relevant to 
graduate students in French. 



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Financial Assistance 

Graduate applicants can request to be considered for Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Fellowships. Graduate 

Teaching Assistantships carry ten-month stipends, plus remission of all fees (10 credits) other than those for 

registration and health facilities. 

Contact Information 

Additional information on program offerings, degree requirements and financial aid can be obtained on the 

department's Web site (http://www.languages.umd.edu/Frenchltalian) 

Dr. Valerie Orlando Professor & Graduate Director 

Dept. of French and Italian University of Maryland 3106B Jimenez Hall 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-4027 

Fax: 301 -31 4-9752 301 -31 4-9752 301 -31 4-9752 

vorlando@umd.edu 

http://www.languages.umd.edu/Frenchltalian/ 
Courses: FREN 

French Modern French Studies (FRMS) 

Abstract 

The Ph.D. in Modern French Studies encompasses the Renaissance to the present. The diversity of the Graduate 
Faculty makes it possible for students to specialize in a wide variety of areas in French language, literature, and 
culture. The department is part of a larger School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures that encourages and 
facilitates interdisciplinary scholarship, particularly in Film Studies and in Cultural Studies. Through consortia 
arrangements with universities in the area, including George Washington University and Georgetown University, 
students may augment their programs with courses otherwise unavailable at the University of Maryland. 
Admissions Information 

Application requirements for the Ph.D. program include: 1) Graduate School application, 2) statement of purpose 
(including research interests), 3) three letters of recommendation, 4) official academic transcripts for all 
undergraduate and graduate work, 5) GRE scores, 6) a writing sample, and 7) a resume or Curriculum Vitae. 
International applicants must also submit TOEFL scores. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Preferred: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: February 1 





Application Requirements 

• Graduate School Application 

• GRE Scores 

• 3 Letters of Recommendation 

• Writing Sample 

• Statement of Purpose 

• Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

• Official Transcripts 

• TOEFL Scores (for International Applicants) 
Degree Requirements 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Ph.D. students are required to take for credit a minimum of 8 courses beyond the M.A. at the 600-level or above. 
They are also required to pass two Qualifying Examinations consisting of a two-part Comprehensive Examination 
(first written, then oral, taken over two consecutive days by the end of the third semester in the PhD program) and 
the defense of a written Dissertation Prospectus (scheduled by the end of the fourth semester in the PhD program) 
before being advanced to candidacy. Ph.D. candidates then go on to write and defend a dissertation that explores 
significant questions about French literature and culture, past or present. All Ph.D. students are required to 
demonstrate a sound reading knowledge of one other foreign language in addition to French. A student having a 
recognized degree or diploma in a subsidiary area such as Music, Economics, Political Science, etc, and who plans 
to make substantial use of this body of knowledge for the dissertation may be permitted, with the approval of the 



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Graduate Programs Committee, to substitute such degree or diploma for the additional foreign language 

requirement. All requirements for the Ph.D. degree, except the dissertation, must be completed within five years of 

admission to the program. The dissertation must be completed no more than four years after advancement to 

candidacy. (See Department Website for additional information) 

Facilities and Special Resources 

With a total student enrollment of over 35,000, the University of Maryland is supported in its academic endeavors by 

the University Libraries, a system of eight libraries and more than three million volumes. Other area research 

facilities include two of the worlds outstanding libraries: the Library of Congress and the Folger Library, both of 

which have extensive holdings in French. The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Women's Studies 

Program, and the David C. Driskell Center For The Study of The Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and 

The African Diaspora, among other campus units, offer seminars, lectures, and symposia on a wide variety of topics 

relevant to graduate students in French. 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate applicants can request to be considered for Teaching Assistantships and Graduate Fellowships. Graduate 

Teaching Assistantships carry ten-month stipends, plus remission of all fees (10 credits) other than those for 

registration and health facilities. 

Contact Information 

Additional information on program offerings, degree requirements and financial aid can be obtained on the 

department's Web site (http://www.languages.umd.edu/Frenchltalian) and by writing to: 

Valerie Orlando Professor & Graduate Director 

Dept. of French and Italian University of Maryland 3106B Jimenez Hall 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4207 

Fax:(301)314-9752 

vorlando@umd.edu 

http://www.languages.umd.edu/Frenchltalian 
Courses: FREN 

Geographical Sciences (GEOG) 

Abstract 

The Department of Geographical Sciences offers graduate study leading to the Doctor of Philosophy and Master of 
Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Sciences. 
The specific research specializations represented by the faculty include: 

Human Dimensions of Global Change: Demographic, social, cultural, and economic aspects of human systems with 
particular emphasis on integration with physical systems. Population, minorities (African-American), women, 
transportation, health, urban and regional systems, geographical education. Global, regional (Africa and Latin 
America), mid-Atlantic, southern portion of Megalopolis, and Chesapeake Bay. 

Environmental and Biological Aspects of Global Change: Biogeographical, biophysical, hydrological, and 
geomorphological aspects of Earth System Science with particular emphasis on integration with human systems. 
Land-use and land-cover change, vegetation and ecosystem dynamics, carbon disturbance, fire, sea level rise, climate 
variability, biodiversity, and biospheric processes in global climate modeling. Special attention is given to issues of 
scaling, with foci from local to global scale, and regionally to North America, Africa, Boreal Forests, Eurasia, and Latin 
America. The Department specializes in the remote sensing and modeling of land-surface dynamics, and carbon 
Geospatial Information Sciences: Observation, processing, and analysis of geographic data. Remote sensing, 
geographic information systems, digital cartography, spatial analysis, and numerical modeling. Particular emphasis is 
on remote sensing (e.g. Landsat, AVHRR, MODIS) including active remote sensing techniques (lidar and radar), 
regional to global scale data systems, scaling theory, and spatial variance. Applications to human and physical 
aspects of Geography. 

The Department contains several specialized groups, including the Global Land Cover Facility, as well as several 
smaller groupings of research interests. The Department also has close ties with cross-campus research initiatives, 
including the Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC) and the Joint Global Change Research Institute 
(JGCRI). ESSIC is an initiative that brings together the Departments of Geography, Geology and Atmosphere and 
Ocean Science in a Research Institute to further encourage interdisciplinary studies to address contemporary 
questions in Earth Systems Science. JCGRI is a collaboration between the University of Maryland and the Pacific 
Northwest National Laboratory and is dedicated to understanding the problems of global climate change and their 
potential solutions. 
Admissions Information 

The Department offers courses of study leading to the Ph.D. degree and the MPS (masters in professional studies in 
geospatial information sciences). The MPS program is administered separately and has different admission deadlines 
and requirements than the Ph.D. program. The Department no longer offers an M.A. option. All students are admitted 
directly to the Ph.D. program. 
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Admission into the program is strongly competitive. Students may be admitted with either an undergraduate or 
masters level degree. Minimum requirements are: GPA B (3.0) average in junior and senior year; GRE verbal 160 and 
quantitative 148; three letters of recommendation, preferably from academic reviewers. For international students, the 
following additional minimum test scores apply: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) [paper test 600, 
written portion 5; computer-based test 250; internet-based test 100]. International students who are applicants for 
teaching assistantships must also pass an International Teaching Assistant Oral Evaluation by the University's 
Maryland English Institute (MEI). 

The Department admits students to our doctoral program that have already completed a masters degree and 
exceptionally well qualified students who have only completed a bachelor's degree. Admitted students are required to 
either possess or shall develop a strong foundation in the discipline of Geography. Admission to the Ph.D. program is 
not limited to students with a Geography degree. Those with degrees in related disciplines such as environmental, 
physical or biological sciences, anthropology, economics, history and social science are encouraged to apply but may 
be required to undertake additional background study. Some knowledge of data processing and statistics is necessary 
for all applicants. 

Applicants proposed program of study must clearly draw on the research strengths of existing faculty members. All 
applicants are strongly encouraged to contact individual faculty members (in person, by phone, or by email) to discuss 
their research interests and to identify potential advisors. Admission to the doctoral program is dependent on the 
support of two tenured/tenure-track faculty. 

In general, the Department admits between 10-15 students each year into the Ph.D. program. Virtually all students 
accepted are fully-funded through assistantships and fellowships. While there is no longer a formal M.A. program, a 
terminal masters degree may be received for qualified students who are unable to complete the Ph.D. program. 
Closing date for applications into the Ph.D. program is January 15. Applications are reviewed from December to 
February for Fall entry; there is no Spring entry. The Graduate School will accept applications up to May 1 for certain 
visa categories (see below). However, applications received by the Department after January 15 have a reduced 
chance of being considered for Fall entry and financial aid. The following are required for application into the program: 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Statement of Goals and Research Intertests and Statement of Experiences 

4. International applicants: TOEFL (also MEI oral exam for TAs) 

In addition we strongly encourage the following: evidence of contact with faculty members, an example of writing or 

scholarship, and a current CV. 

Masters of Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Sciences 

The Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Sciences offers comprehensive training in the 

key areas of GIS. Applicants can choose between a 31 -credit Masters Degree and a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in 

Professional Studies. See Degree and Certificate requirements below, as well as on the MPS GIS Web Site . 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

See admissions information. 
Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The study program is individually designed by the student and a faculty committee. Two introductory courses (6 cr) 
(unless taken in Master's program), Research Tutorial (3 cr) (or equivalent credits of Independent Readings when 
more appropriate), attendance at Departmental Seminars (3 cr), optional elective courses, a dissertation proposal 
defense, a minimum of 12 dissertation credits after advancement to candidacy, and a dissertation. For those enterinig 
with a masters degree in geography, the PhD should be completed withing 4 years; For those entering with batchelors 
or without a geography background, the PhD should be completed within 5 years. Part-time study takes longer, but at 
least 1 year full-time attendance is required. Students entering with a B.A. or without a Geography background will 
take one course each in the following areas: Human, Physical, and Methods. 
Master of Professional Studies in Geospatial Information Sciences (M.P.S.G.I.S.) 

The Masters Degree and Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Sciences offers comprehensive training in the 
key areas of GIS, including geographic information sciences, remote sensing techniques, spatial analytical methods, 
modeling and specialized computer programming tailored to GIS needs. Applicants can choose between a 31 -credit 
Masters Degree and a 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies. See more detailed Degree and 



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Certificate requirements, as well as admission requirements and application forms, on the MPS GIS Web Site . 

In the MPS program, lectures are delivered across the Internet using advanced audio and video technology. Students 

are not required to be physically present except for orientation and a final capstone class. Thus, applications are 

accepted nationally. 

A GPA of 3.0 is normally required for admission into this program while rare exceptions can be made. GRE is not 

required. Students can be admitted into the program with various backgrounds, however, there are some prerequisite 

requirements that generally must be met. Students with an MPS degree are eligible to apply for admission into Ph.D. 

programs world-wide, including ours. 

Students are admitted to the program only for the Fall Term. The deadline for applications for International students is 

January 15. and for U.S. citizens and permanent residents it is March 15. U.S. citizens and permanent residents who 

have completed the prerequisites, may apply as late as August 1 and will be considered as long as there is room in 

the program. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

NOTE: The Department of Geography do not offer a terminal Master of Arts program and will not accept or enroll 

students for the single purpose of acquiring a Master of Arts degree. Doctoral students may obtain a Master of Arts 

degree during their course of doctoral study, requirements of which are set by the department. Award of this degree is 

granted only upon demonstration of a high level of scholastic achievement, not simply for completion of course 

requirements. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is an exceptional location in which to pursue geographic research. Many 

national and international agencies are within a short distance of the campus, including the NASA Goddard Space 

Flight Center, the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the National Archives, Bureau of the Census, 

National Institutes of Health, USGS, National Geospatial Imaging Agency, Smithsonian Institution, and NOAA. 

International and non-governmental agencies are located within easy reach, including the National Geographic 

Society, the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, World Bank, and many others. Corporations, businesses and 

nonprofit organizations that use geographical applications are also well represented. Libraries on campus and nearby 

are unrivaled elsewhere in the world. The University is also located in a region of extraordinary geographic diversity, 

including two major urban centers (Baltimore and Washington, D.C), and the superb, continuous section from the 

Appalachian mountains, through the Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and Chesapeake Bay to the Atlantic Coast. 

Many opportunities exist for students to participate in externally funded research projects. Graduate students find 

these research programs a rich source of ideas for dissertations as well as providing opportunities to join projects as 

paid research assistants and, often, identifying openings for employment on completion of their studies. 

The Department is housed in over 35,000 sq. ft. on the main College Park campus. Teaching laboratories include 

facilities for cartography, GIS, and the Turner laboratories dedicated to computer-based instruction, while other 

facilities needed for virtually any type of investigation are available through collaborations with other departments. 

There are two primary computer environments, namely PC and UNIX, with over 100 machines dedicated to teaching 

and graduate research. The research laboratories support UNIX, Linux, and high-end PC machines, including very 

high performance processors and peripherals and large volume RAID arrays. There are a large number of printers, 

magnetic disk farms, tape carrousels, etc. An extensive range of software is available, including satellite data 

processing, image analysis, and ESRI GIS packages. Field research, remote sensing, global positioning systems, and 

other types of equipment are available. 

Financial Assistance 

Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and various Fellowships are available. Salary is for 9.5 months per 

year. Assistants work 20 hours per week. Fellowship recipients have no work assignment. Depending upon resources, 

the department will provide up to four years of funding, provided the student meets the department's benchmarks (see 

the PhD Handbook ). Applications are made on the University Graduate Admission Application and further information 

about Financial Aid is given in the Application. Note, residents of certain Southern States without equivalent 

Geography graduate programs may be eligible to receive tuition at the lower, in-state fee rates. 

Contact Information 

More detailed information on the MPS and Ph.D. programs can be obtained by reviewing the Department's Doctoral 

Program Web Site or the MPS GIS Web Site . Call or e-mail Assistant Director of Academic Programs for more 

information. To arrange consultations with the Graduate Director and individual faculty, call the Department at (301)- 

405-8085. 

Assistant Director of Academic Programs 

2181 LeFrakHall 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-8085 or (301) 405-4050 

Fax:(301)314-9299 

crossqro(a>umd.edu 

http://www.geog.umd.edu/ 

Courses: GEOG 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

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Geography/Library & Information Systems (GELS) 

Abstract 

This dual degree program is no longer accepting applications. 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 



Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: LBSC GEOG 

Geology (GEOL) 

Abstract 

The Department of Geology offers programs leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. On a full time basis, the M.S. 
normally requires two to three years of work, which includes courses, the completion of an M.S. research thesis, and 
an oral defense of the thesis. On a full time basis, the Ph.D. commonly requires three to four years of work, if 
conducted after the completion of an M.S. program, or four to five years from the time of admission if pursued directly 
from the Bachelor level. The Ph.D. program normally includes course work, a qualifying examination and proposal 
defense, a dissertation, and an oral defense and examination of the dissertation. 

Our students are required to engage in independent and original research under a mentoring program that promotes 
creative thinking. This is most commonly achieved via the collaboration between students and faculty in ongoing 
research programs. Geology is concerned with the Earth, its origin and evolution and the origin of life, and the 
processes by which Earth's atmosphere, surface and interior have been and continue to be modified. To pursue these 
topics we have developed research strengths in four themes: Geochemistry, which involves investigations of low- to 
high-temperature processes operating from Earth's surface to it's core and within the Solar System; Solid Earth 
Science, which is the study of the minerals, rocks, and structures that constitute Earth, and the tectonic and other 
processes by which they are formed and altered; Surficial Processes and Environments, which involves the study of 
active and past fluxes (and reservoirs) of water, dissolved components, and sediment on Earth's surface and the 
interactions of these fluxes with the biosphere and atmosphere; and, Geophysics, which includes investigations of 
Earth's interior structure and dynamics, as well as planetary physics. These areas are not mutually exclusive, and 
students are encouraged to develop a program that suits their interests. Developing areas within the Department 
include planetary geology and forensics. 

Although students will choose an advisor within the Department of Geology, they may also wish to take advantage of 
research opportunities provided by collaboration with other departments on campus, such as Mathematics, particularly 
the Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation Program (AMSC), Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, Physics, 
Geography, and Chemistry, as well as other institutions in the area including the Smithsonian Institution, United States 
Geological Survey, NASA, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Geophysical Lab and National Institute of Standards 
and Technology. The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center is a collaborative venture between the 
Departments of Geography, Geology and Atmospheric and Ocean Science on Campus, and the Earth Sciences 
Directorate at NASA Goddard. This wealth of in-house and collaborative resources positions our graduate students 
with an unmatched spectrum of opportunities and gives them access to a strong multi-disciplinary program of 
international stature. 

Our current student demographics are diverse, with an approximate 50:50 mix of male and female students of which 
10-20% are minority students. Approximately 60% of our graduate students are Ph.D. candidates (the remaining are 
M.S. students), and some of the M.S. students will petition to become Ph.D. candidates following the successful 
completion of their M.S. degree program. Other M.S. candidates are focused solely on the M.S. degree, which is the 
commonly held degree for practicing professionals in government and industry. 

Our graduate students benefit from the opportunities of working within an advanced graduate program. Our graduates 
go on to distinguished post-doc, research and applied positions in academic, government and industrial settings. We 
proudly acknowledge having placed our students into prestigious post-doc positions and government laboratories and 
we highlight their publications (see http://www.qeol.umd.edu/paqes/qraduates/qradoubs.htm ), presentations at 
national and international meetings (see http://www. geol.umd.edu/pages/graduates/gradpresentations. htm ) and 
awards (see http://www.geol.umd.edu/graduates/gradfunding.htm ). 
Admissions Information 

Qualified students with a B.S. degree in geology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, engineering or other 
related sciences are invited to apply for admission to the graduate programs. Our graduate degree program in 
geophysics welcomes students with undergraduate degrees in physics and or astronomy having little to no 
background in geology. Coursework expectations for students applying to the program is at least a year of calculus, a 
semester of physics for science majors, and for those in the in geology and geochemistry track a year of chemistry or 
its equivalent. All students must submit the Graduate Record Examination scores to be considered for admission. 
Application Deadlines 

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Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: March 15 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: October 15 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE-general highly recommended 

2. Three letters of recommendation 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

The Department of Geology offers a Master of Science degree. There is no single prescribed curriculum. Although 24 
credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis research are required, the entire course of study is individually 
developed for each student by his/her graduate program committee as approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. 
The M.S. degree is awarded following the successful completion of the course requirements, defense of a proposal, 
submission of a satisfactory thesis, and an oral defense of the thesis. The M.S. normally requires two years of work. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Students who have an M.S. degree must normally complete a minimum of 12 credits of coursework applicable to a 
graduate degree with at least 9 credits at the 600 level or above. Coursework requirements for students who do not 
hold an M.S. degree will be established by the Director of Graduate Studies after discussion with the student's advisor 
but normally will be 30 credits of coursework applicable to a graduate degree, 21 of which must be at the 600 level or 
above, and normally 24 credits must be from the Department of Geology, or in the case of an interdisciplinary study, 
an appropriate program approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. The Ph.D. degree requirements include 
satisfactory completion of course work, defense of a research proposal, an oral candidacy and research proposal 
examination, and a successful dissertation defense. The Ph.D. commonly requires three to four years of work, if 
conducted after the completion of an M.S. program, or four to five years from the time of admission if pursued directly 
from the bachelor level. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department maintains a suite of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment for research, including: three solid source 
mass spectrometers, six gas source mass spectrometers, with inlet devices for inorganic and organic isotope 
analyses, single and multicollector inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometers (ICP-MS), three UV lasers for in 
situ analyses with gas-source and plasma mass spectrometer, two chemical clean labs, with ion chromatographic 
facilities, JEOL 8900 superprobewith an Oxford instrument mini-cathodoluminescence detector, Scanning and 
Transmission Electron Microscopes, color image analysis system, fluid inclusion stage, high temperature and high 
pressure equipment for dry or hydrothermal experiments, diamond anvil cell facilities, including laser heating and 
external heating, two triaxial deformation apparatii with flow through capacity and acoustic emission recording, flame 
and graphite furnace atomic absorption equipment, spectrophotometers, HPLC with fluorescence detector, UV lamps 
and monochronometer for photochemistry, anoxic chamber, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) computational 
laboratory, electromagnetic and acoustic doppler velocity meters, laboratory and field hydrogeology equipment, 
campus drill rig, microstructures and fabrics analysis instruments, research microscopes with reflectance capabilities, 
rock preparation and mineral separation laboratories, computer network with direct access to supercomputer facilities, 
nitrogen Permeameter 400, helium Porosimeter 300, Solaris Impedance Meters. 
Further information is found at the following URL http://www. qeol.umd.edu/labs. htm 
Financial Assistance 

Graduate students are eligible for Departmental teaching assistantships, Graduate School fellowships and grant- 
supported fellowships and research assistantships. In addition, some curatorial, library and other part-time work is 
sometimes available. 
Contact Information 

See the Department of Geology Web page at URL http://www.qeol.umd.edu for additional information. The 
Department's Graduate Studies in Geological Sciences also provides additional information on the requirements, 
examinations, faculty research interests and publications, research facilities and financial aid. Copies are available 
from: 

Graduate Coordinator 

1118 Geology Building, University of Maryland, College Park 
MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4065 
geolqrad@deans.umd.edu 



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http://www.geol.umd.edu/ 
Courses: GEOL 

Geospatial Information Sciences (MPSG) 

Abstract 

The Master of Professional Studies and Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Sciences Program is 

dedicated to providing the most up-to-date training on geosptial technology, theory and applications. The courses 

cover spatial analysis, remote sensing, spatial statistics, modeling, programming, spatial databases, and Internet 

GIS. Students in this program can pursue either a Master degree or Graduate Certificate. 

In the program, lectures are delivered across the Internet using advanced audio and video technology. Students use 

webcams and headsets with microphones to attend lectures in real time. The entire online lectures (lecture slides, 

presentation, and Q&A interactions) are video-archived for reviewing. Students also have the option to come to 

campus to meet fellow students and the Teaching Assistant in the lab during lecture hours. All courses are scheduled 

in the evenings to accommodate working professionals. 

Our program is one of the ESRI Development Centers (EDCs). 

Admissions Information 

The Graduate School requires all admitted graduate students to have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally 

accredited college or university in the United States, or the equivalent of a baccalaureate degree in another country. 

A GPA of 3.0 is normally required for admission into this program. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less 

than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis. 

Applicants with foreign credentials must submit academic records in the original language with literal English 

translations. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Preferred: March 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Preferred: January 31 





Application Requirements 

1 . Graduate Application form 

2. Transcripts from all universities/colleges attended 

3. Cover letter or personal statement 

4. C.V. 

5. A list ot three references (the recommendation letters are not required at the time of application) 

6. GRE is not required 

7. International students are required to submit TOEFL scores. 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) 

Students choosing the Master of Professional Studies degree track need to complete 31 credit hours of approved 

coursework with an average grade of B. 

Graduate Certificate (GC) 

Students choosing the Graduate Certificate track need to complete 12 credit hours of approved coursework with an 

average grade of B. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Even though this is an online program, all registered students have full access to the facilities and resources (e.g. 

libraries, gym, computer labs) on campus just like any other traditional student. Students also have full access to the 

resources (e.g. computer labs, software applications, seminars, etc) in the Geography Department as regular 

graduate students. The program has a dedicated lab for its students as well where they can study or take lectures in 

a real environment if they want to. 

Financial Assistance 

There are no fellowships available in this program. However, there are potential Teaching Assistantships available 

depending on the student's qualification. 

Contact Information 

Email: geog-gis@umd.edu Phone: 301-405-3861 

Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Ma, Program Director 

University of Maryland Department of Geography 1 133 LeFrak Hall 

MD 20742 



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Telephone: 301.405.3861 

Fax:301.314.9299 

jma3@umd.edu 

http://www.geog.umd.edu/gis 

Courses: GEOG 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Geographical Sciences 

German Literature and Language (GERM) 

Abstract 

The German Program of the Department of Germanic Studies offers graduate study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. 

degrees. The main focus is on Modern German Studies combining both discipline-based and interdisciplinary courses. 

The intellectual focus of the degrees is German-speaking Europe from the Enlightenment to the present, as 

represented in literary and non-literary texts, and other cultural productivity. 

The degrees reflect the paradigm shift within the field of German language and literature expanding the focus of 

Germanistik to a broader concentration on cultural studies which include gender studies, film studies, and postcolonial 

theory. 

A concentration in Medieval Studies is also offered on an interdepartmental basis. 

Admissions Information 

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, candidates should have a bachelor's degree with a major in German 

language and literature or the equivalent, and fluency in the written and spoken language. Candidates for the 

doctorate must have a master's degree in German or in a related discipline such as Germanic studies, Scandinavian 

studies, language education, and Medieval studies. The Program is seeking approval to allow candidates with a BA to 

enter the Ph.D. Program earning the M.A. on the way. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: October 15 
Preferred: October 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1 . No Tests 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Writing Sample 

4. Oral Interview (in person or by phone) with Graduate Director 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The M.A. degree program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option. For the thesis option, the student must complete 

24 hours of coursework, the thesis with oral defense and a written comprehensive examination. The non-thesis option 

requires 30 hours of coursework, a mini-thesis with oral defense and a written comprehensive examination. For both 

options the comprehensives consist of two three-hour examinations based on the coursework and the M.A. reading 

list. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Degree requirements for the Ph.D. are as follows: 1) completion of at least 24 hours of coursework beyond the 

master's degree over a period of at least one year at the University of Maryland and a further 12 hours of dissertation 

research; 2) a reading skill examination in a language other than English or German, which may be another Germanic 

language or a language related to the candidate's research; 3) comprehensive written examinations; 4) presentation of 

the dissertation, an original study in the field of specialization on a topic approved by the advisor and the examining 

committee; and 5) the oral defense of the dissertation (one to two hours). 

Facilities and Special Resources 

In addition to its course offerings listed below, the German Program of the Department of Germanic Studies sponsors 

the German Club, the University of Maryland Chapter of Delta Phi Alpha (the national German language honors 

society). The department participates in the University Honors Programs and has a departmental honors program. 

Distinguished scholars and lecturers as well as visiting professors visit the metropolitan area and campus regularly. 

College Park's proximity to Washington, D.C., facilitates participation in the many cultural functions of the capital with 

its wealth of German and Scandinavian social groups and national societies: the Embassies of Austria, Denmark, 



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Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland; the German Historical Institute, and the Goethe Institute. 

Financial Assistance 

The German Program offers graduate fellowships and teaching assistantships, and the Graduate School offers, on a 

competitive basis, fellowships, and grants. 

Contact Information 

For further information write to: 

Dr. Peter Beicken Professor & Graduate Director 

Dept. of Germanic Studies University of Maryland 3207 Jimenez Hall 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4091 

Fax:(301)314-9752 

germanicstudies@. umd.edu 

http://www.languages.umd.edu/German/ 
Courses: GERM 

Government and Politics (GVPT) 

Abstract 

The Department of Government and Politics offers a Ph.D. degree in political science, intended primarily for those 
planning academic careers. Students can specialize in American politics, comparative politics, international relations, 
political economy and political theory (either formal or normative). In addition, students can study in depth more 
specialized fields such as public law, national security, public policy, political psychology, international and inter-ethnic 
conflict, international political economy, urban politics, post-Soviet and post-communist studies, East-Asian studies, 
environmental politics, and the politics of advanced industrial societies. 
Admissions Information 

The Department recruits highly qualified students, and admits only a limited number of the strongest applicants. The 
Admissions Committee rarely grants provisional or conditional admission to the graduate program. The Department 
does not usually admit M.A. applicants. Only students whose ultimate objective is the Ph.D. should apply for direct 
admission to that program. Admission is granted only for the Fall Semester. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Writing Sample 

4. statement of purpose 

5. transcripts 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The doctoral program is intended to provide students with the knowledge, methodological skills and research 

experience appropriate for persons who intend to enter the discipline of political science. Students must complete 42 

hours of graduate work including courses in political theory and research methods and pass written comprehensive 

examinations in two fields. Although formal coursework and field examinations are important components of the 

doctoral program, the research component, especially in the form of the dissertation is paramount. Consequently 

students who are able to demonstrate an interest in quality research activities and desire to become creators as well as 

consumers of knowledge are appropriate for the doctoral program. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

Master of Arts (M.A.) The graduate program in the Department of Government and Politics is designed for doctoral 

students. Except for students participating in our dual-degree program with the United States Naval Academy, we do 

not accept students for the sole purpose of acquiring a Master's degree. Doctoral students may obtain a Master of Arts 

Degree during their course of doctoral study once they have satisfied the requirements associated with the Master's 

degree. 

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Graduate students in the department participate in the activities of the Public Service Intern Program, Project ICONS, 

the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, the Center for the Study of American Politics and 

Citizenship, the Center for the Study of Post-Communist Societies, The Committee on the Political Economy of the 

Good Society, and the Harrison Program on the Future Global Agenda. 

Financial Assistance 

In addition to fellowships and teaching assistantships, the Department also has a public service intern program for 

students interested in State government. There are also a limited and variable number of research positions available. 

Contact Information 

Further information, including a manual on graduate study, please contact: 

Director of Graduate Studies 

3140 Tydings Hall 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-4161 

qvptqrad(5)deans. umd.edu 

http://www.bsos.umd.edu/gvpt/ 
Courses: GVPT 

Graduate Certficate: Computational Harmonic Analysis (Z023) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign credentials; 
International Applicants seeking admissions 
under A, E, G, H, I and L visas and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies -- Real Estate Development 
(Z029) 

Abstract 

The Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development is a 4 to 7 course sequence, depending on the work experience 

and academic preparation of the applicant. The Certificate is generally the first 4 courses of the Master of Real Estate 

Development degree, and those courses may be counted toward the MRED degree upon completion of the certificate if 

the student applies and is accepted into the MRED degree program. Successful completion of the 4 courses is a good 

indicator that a student will be admitted, if they apply, to the MRED program. Up to three additional leveling courses may 

be required before moving on to the 4 core certificate courses, depending on the background and experience of the 

applicant. 

Like the MRED degree program, there is more information about all the graduate programs, as well as dual degrees 

available with historic preservation and architecture at the web site www.arch.umd.edu/real_estate_development. 

The Certificate is designed for obtaining the introductory basics of real estate development, for those who may not yet 

have determined to make their career in the field. 

Generally students take 1 (or at most 2) courses per term, and can finish within a year if no additional leveling courses 

are required. 

Like the MRED degree program, there is more information about all the graduate programs, as well as dual degrees 

available with historic preservation and architecture at the web site www.arch.umd.edu/real_estate_development. 

Admissions Information 

Acceptance to the Certificate program is competitive. Applicants are required to have a minimum undergraduate grade 

point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited University. Applicants who demonstrate a strong interest 

and aptitude with a GPA below 3.0 may be considered on a case by case basis if they show a strong aptitude and/or 

experience in the field. Such applicants are admitted provisionally based on meeting grade expectations in the program 

and often may require additional courses to be taken. 



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A GRE, LSAT or GMAT score is required, unless the applicant has work experience post undergraduate school of 5 

years or more. 

No transfer credits from graduate work in other programs at the University of Maryland, or other academic institutions, 

are accepted towards the Certificate. 

Incoming students are required to take a non-credit Saturday Executive Skill writing and presentation course during their 

first semester. This is generally 5 half-days and cannot be waived. There may be a small fee for the course, and is 

required to proceed with the Certificate on a pass/fail basis, but is a non-credit coaching course. 

Application Requirements 

1. Complete application form on line (select code GCPS-RED) 

2. Have all academic institutions send paper official transcripts to the admissions office. 

3. Provide standardized GRE, GMAT or LSAT scores unless you earned your undergraduate degree more than 5 years 
prior to the date of application in which case scores may be waived depending on other qualifications. 

FOR THE REMAINING REQUIREMENTS SUBMIT BY EMAIL to mmcf@umd.edu 

4. Have two references send in a letter of recommendation from either academic or professional perspective 

5. Submit a resume of your work experience and educational background 

6. Submit a statement of your reasons for seeking real estate education and how you plan to use your knowledge; 
include an assessment of your skill with Excel spread sheets and financial calculator(s) (use scale of: none, some, 
moderately skills, highly skilled). 

7. You may request a telephone or on-campus interview, but it is not required. 
Degree Requirements 

Graduate Certificate of Professional Studies -- Real Estate Developement (GCPS) 

A 12 - 21 credit introductory program to real estate development. Recommended for those considering whether to move 

into the real estate development field full time. Courses may be applied to the Master of Real Estate Development 

Program, if a student determines to go on. 

The 4 core courses of the Certificate are Development Law, Process and Ethics; Fundamentals of Development 

Finance, and two of the following: Principles of Urban Design, Essentials of Property Management, Planning Policy, 

Principles and Politics, and Construction Management. For students without academic preparation in finance, accounting 

and economics additional leveling courses are required in those areas before proceeding to the 4 core courses. 

Students may begin the Certificate program in either the Fall or Spring terms. Applications are reviewed on a rolling 

basis, but admission decisions are primarily made in March to May (Fall admissions) and September to November 

(Spring admissions. 

Applications for Fall should be in by July 1 ; Applications for Spring term should be in by November 1 . 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Facilities and Special Resources available to MRED (Master of Real Estate Development students) are generally 

available to Graduate Certificate students. Although, certificate students may not participate in supported competitions, 

and financial aid may be more limited. To read about the extent of the facilities and special resources available please 

check the catalogue of the RDEV program. 

Financial Assistance 

Financial Assistance is generally not available for Certificate students taking less than 3 courses, but you should check 

with the University's financial aid office about the availability and applications for loans. Contact the Program Director 

after application as to any available scholarship assistance, which depending on the term may or may not be available 

for Certificate students. 

Contact Information 

You will find more information about the Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development at the University of Maryland at 

www.arch.umd.edu/real_estate_development 

Margaret McFarland, JD, Director, Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development 

Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development, ARC Building 145, Room 1243 

MD 20742 

mmcf@umd.edu 

www.arch.umd.edu/real_estate_development 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (Z037) 

Abstract 

The Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate for students 
pursuing graduate degrees in related departmental programs. This certificate program allows students to obtain 
significant interdisciplinary training that complements their graduate degree in a NACS-related discipline. The NACS 
Certificate serves to acknowledge this training. 
Admissions Information 

Only students enrolled in a Ph.D. degree program at the University of Maryland, College Park will be eligible for the 
NACS Certificate. Students enrolled in the NACS Ph.D. program are not eligible. Interested students are encouraged 
to contact the NACS office for advisement on coordinating the NACS Certificate requirements with their Ph.D. 

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requirements. Admission will be at the discretion of the NACS Graduate Director, with the advice and consent of the 
NACS Executive Committee. Students must submit a letter to the NACS Graduate Director requesting admission to 
the Certificate Program and outlining their plan of study for the NACS Certificate. Students must also identify a NACS 
faculty member to serve as their Certificate advisor. In many cases this may be the student's existing departmental 
Ph.D. advisor. Study for the Certificate must be completed by the end of the fifth year after admission to the program. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 

1) Completed application to the NACS Certificate program. 2) PDF copy of unofficial UM transcript. 3) Letter from 

primary advisor endorsing the application to the NACS Certificate program. All files should be submitted 

electronically, with a strong preference for PDF files. Please use transparent file names that start with your name, 

i.e., smith_application.pdf, smith_transcript.pdf, smith_endorsement.pdf. Send files together in ONE email message 

to Pam Komarek, NACS Assistant Director, at pkomarek@umd.edu. 

Degree Requirements 

Certificate () 

Students must earn a minimum of 16 credits through completing the following courses with a grade of B (3.0) or 

better in each class. 1) Students must complete a core of 10 credits, in addition to their Ph.D. course requirements, 

comprising at least two of the courses within the NACS core curriculum (NACS641 , NACS642, NACS643, NACS644, 

NACS728Y, all 4 credit courses) and two semesters of NACS 608, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Seminar, 

one credit per semester. 2) Students must complete at least 6 additional credits from graduate courses approved by 

the NACS program. The student's NACS advisor and the NACS Graduate Director must approve the courses taken 

to fulfill these credits. Courses taken at the 400-level require the approval of the NACS Graduate Director. 

Financial Assistance 

Contact Information 

Assistant Director, Pam Komarek 

University of Maryland, 2131 Biology-Psychology Building, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-8910 

Fax:301-314-9566 

pkomarek@umd.edu 

http://www.nacs.umd.edu/program/certificate.html 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Scientific Computation (Z014) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 



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Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Terrorism Analysis (Z039) 

Abstract 

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) is dedicated to training 
and mentoring a new generation of scholars and analysts capable of examining questions related to the behavior of 
terrorists and terrorist groups and to the issue of how societies can best prepare for dealing with a terrorist threat or 
responding to a terrorist attack. START'S Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis provides participants with 
advanced education on the causes, dynamics and impacts of international and domestic terrorism. Participants also 
develop the methodological skills necessary to pursue advanced research on and analysis of terrorism. The program 
consists of four required courses. Each course is offered once per calendar year, in an online, synchronous learning 
environment. The program can be completed in 12 months. 

The Program is appropriate for Individuals interested in (and/or currently) working in fields related to intelligence 

analysis, homeland security analysis, or analysis of other relevant topic areas; and Individuals interested in (and/or 

currently) conducting scholarly research on terrorism and responses to terrorism. 

Admissions Information 

Students may enter the program at three points throughout the year. 

Term 1 - apply by Jan. 15, 2011 (International applicants, November 15) 

Term 2 - apply by April 1 5, 201 1 (International applicants, February 1 5) 

Term 3 - apply by July 15, 2011 (International applicants, May 15) 



All application materials must be received by the deadlines as described above. 
Application Deadlines 


Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 

Eligible applicants must have earned a 4-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution, or 
an equivalent degree at a foreign university. A 3.0 GPA is preferred, but experience may substitute. GRE scores are 
not required. All applications must be submitted via the online application available at: 
www.gradschool.umd.edu/gss/admission.html 

Applicants ARE required to complete the Application Supplemental Form. All applicants must provide: 

1 . Transcripts for all university-level coursework 

2. A personal statement 

3. A resume 

4. Two recommendations 

5. One-time application fee of $75 to University of Maryland 

Degree Requirements 

Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Analysis () 

The Certificate is earned by successful completion of all four of Graduate Certificate in Terrorism Anaylsis courses. 
These courses may be taken in any order although students must have successfully completed one other class 
before enrolling in BSOS 633 Research Methods in Terrorism Studies. 

Graduate Certificate Courses 

Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors (BSOS 630) 

(Term 1 : March 1 , 201 - May 21 , 201 0) 

Focuses on theories explaining the formation of terrorist groups and the motivations behind terrorist behavior. 



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Societal Impact of and Responses to Terrorism (BSOS 631) 

(Term 2: June 1 , 201 - Aug. 21 , 201 0) 

Examines ways in which different actors respond to both terrorist incidents and to the threat of terrorism. 

Development of Counterterrorism Policy and Programs (BSOS 632) 

(Term 3: Sept. 1 , 201 - Nov. 21 , 201 0) 

Explores counterterrorism policies and policy making processes and actors since 2001 . 

Research Methods in Terrorism and Counterterrorism (BSOS 633) 

(Term 4: Dec. 1 , 201 - Feb. 21 , 201 1 ) 

Provides students with a basic understanding of the methods of quantitative research available to social scientists 

studying terrorism and counterterrorism. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The START center at UMD has pulled from it's extensive experience in the field of terrorism research and analysis in 

order to formulated the Graduate Certificate curriculum with the intention of providing a well rounded and 

sophisticated approach to the subject matter. Students are drawn from both the academic and professional worlds 

bringing a range of perspectives to the virtual classroom helping to cultivate a stimulating learning environment. 

Financial Assistance 

START does not currently provide financial assistance to Graduate Certificate students. 

Tuition 

Initial application fee: $75 

Tuition and fees per course: $2,100 

Please note: Students are responsible for purchasing their own books, software, and other supplies as required by 

each instructor. Students may be required to pay additional UMD student fees. 

Contact Information 

Education Coordinator Sarah Fishering 

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism 

University of Maryland 

College Park 
MD, 20742 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301-405-8504 

Fax:301-314-1980 

education@start.umd.edu 

http://www.start.umd.edu/start/education/graduate_certificate/ 
Courses: BSOS 

Graduate Certificate: Engineering (Z013) 

Abstract 

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering (GCEN) Program is a highly-focused practice oriented, part-time graduate 
program designed to assist engineers and technical professionals in the development of their careers and to provide 
the technical expertise needed in the rapidly changing business, government, and industrial environments. The 
program is intended for individuals who may already have an advanced degree (e.g. a master's or doctoral degree) 
and do not find a full masters degree program an appropriate option, and it offers integrated sets of core/elective 
courses from all of the engineering departments. Late afternoon, evening, and online classes are taught by full-time 
faculty and experienced adjunct faculty at the campus in College Park and at designated learning centers throughout 
Maryland. 

Options are available in the following engineering disciplines: 

• Aerospace Engineering 

• Bioengineering 

• Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 

• Civil and Environmental Engineering 

• Electrical and Computer Engineering 

• Energetic Concepts* 

• Environmental Engineering 

• Fire Protection Engineering* 

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Materials Science and Engineering 

Mechanical Engineering 

Nuclear Engineering* 

Project Management* 

Reliability Engineering* 

Software Engineering 

Systems Engineering 

Technology Ventures and Entrepreneurship 

* available 100% online 

Admissions Information 

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering (GCEN) Program is open to qualified applicants holding a regionally 
accredited baccalaureate degree in engineering or a related field. In addition to submitting a Graduate School 
admission application with fee, a copy of the applicant's college transcripts is required for evaluation. 
Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of less than 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis if they have 
demonstrated a satisfactory experience in another graduate program and/or their work experience has been 
salutary. In that case, two recommendation letters are required as well. Applicants with foreign credentials 
must submit academic records in the original language with literal English translations. Please allow at least 
three months for evaluation of these credentials. We trust that you will find this 12 credit-hour program to be 
an affordable, convenient way to "retool" and keep current with the latest technological developments in your 
field, or perhaps to develop a new area of expertise so as to further your career. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants 
seeking admissions under A, E, G, H, I 
and L visas and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking 
admission under F (student) or J 
(exchange visitor) visas 







Application Requirements 

1 . Bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field 2. GRE not required 3. College transcripts 4. If 
GPA is below 3.0, two recommendation letters are required 5. Graduate school admission 
application fee 6. In online application, select Graduate Certificate in Engineering as the major. 

Degree Requirements 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Courses in the Graduate Certificate in Engineering program are currently offered on the College Park 

campus, are available at off-campus centers, via Distance Education Technology and Services (DETS), 

which is a live interactive distance education system, and 100% online. Courses are available via DETS at 

the University of Maryland System Shady Grove Center in Montgomery County, the Higher Education and 

Applied Technology (HEAT) Center in Harford County, the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center in St. 

Mary's County, Frostburg State University in Allegany County, and University System of Maryland at 

Hagerstown in Washington County. 

Financial Assistance 

There are no assistantships or fellowships available in this program. 

Contact Information 

For more specific information, contact: 

Dr. George Syrmos, Executive Director 

2105 J.M. Patterson Building, University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301-405-0362 

Fax:301-405-3305 

oaee@umd.edu 

www.oaee.umd.edu 

Ms. Neela Balkissoon, Coordinator for Admissions & Professional Programs 

2105 J.M. Patterson Building, University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20740 



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Telephone: 301-405-7200 

Fax:301-405-3305 

oaee@umd.edu 

www.oaee.umd.edu 

Courses: 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering 
Engineering: Bioengineering 
Engineering: Chemical Engineering 
Engineering: Civil and Environmental Engineering 
Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Engineering: Fire Protection Engineering 
Engineering: Materials Science and Engineering 
Engineering: Mechanical Engineering 
Engineering: Reliability Engineering 
Engineering: Systems Engineering 



Graduate Certificate 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Historical Preservation (Z005) 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 




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Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Intermediate Survey Methodology (Z01 1) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Jewish Studies (Z018) 



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Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Large Scale Assessment (Z015) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Literacy Coaching (Z038) 

Abstract 

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction's (EDCI) literacy coach post-baccalaureate graduate certificate 
program is designed to prepare experienced, highly qualified middle and high school teachers to serve as literacy 
coaches in low performing middle and high schools. Literacy coaches are skilled content area collaborators who 
function effectively in middle school and/or high school settings for secondary teachers in the core content areas of 
English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. They are skilled evaluators of literacy needs within 
various subject areas and are able to collaborate with secondary school leadership teams and teachers to interpret 
and use literacy assessment data to inform instruction. Finally, literacy coaches are accomplished middle and high 
school teachers who are skilled in developing and implementing instructional strategies to improve academic literacy 
in the four targeted content areas. The program courses focus on a) reading, cognition, and instruction across 
content areas, b) diagnostic reading assessment and instruction, c) teaching ESOL reading and writing in secondary 
content areas, d) assessing, diagnosing, and teaching writing across content areas, e) TESOL, special education, 
and assistive technology, and f) coaching and mentoring teachers. In addition, literacy coach candidates participate 
in school district professional development workshops mapped onto the literacy coach coursework. The EDCI literacy 
coach program addresses the Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches (International Reading 
Association, 2006). Upon successful completion of the literacy coach program, candidates receive a graduate literacy 
coach certificate from the University of Maryland. 

EDCI Literacy Coaching Program Courses 

EDCI 763: Reading, Cognition, and Instruction: Reading Across Content Areas (3 cr.) 



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EDCI 662: Diagnostic Reading Assessment and Instruction (3 cr.) 
EDCI 646: Coaching and Mentoring Teachers: Literacy Across Content Areas (3 cr.) 
EDCI 638: Teaching ESOL Reading and Writing in Secondary Content Areas (3 cr.) 
EDCI 673: Assessing, Diagnosing, and Teaching Writing Across Content Areas (3 cr.) 
EDCI 632: Special Education, TESOL, Assistive Technology: Reading and Writing (3 cr.) 

Admissions Information 
Application Requirements 

• Applicants should be highly qualified middle or high school teachers. 

• Typically, the application deadline is March 15. 

• Contact Elizabeth Johnson and/or Wayne Slater in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) for 
additional information. Refer to their contact information included below for email addresses and phone numbers. 
Email or phone contacts preferred. Please do not fax inquiries. 

Degree Requirements 

Graduate Certificate () 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Please refer to the "EDCI Literacy Coaching OnLine Resources" available at 

http://www.education.umd.edu/EDCI/info/litcoach/. 

Financial Assistance 

Contact Information 

Elizabeth E. Johnson, Program Management Specialist II 

University of Maryland Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) 231 1 Benjamin Building 

College Park 

MD 20742-1175 

Telephone: (301) 405-3153 

Fax:(301)314-9055 

ejohnson@umd.edu 

http://www.education.umd.edu/EDCI/info/litcoach/index.htm 

Dr. Wayne Slater 

University of Maryland Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDCI) 231 1 Benjamin Building 

College Park 

MD 20742-1175 

Telephone: (301) 405-3128 

Fax:(301)314-9055 

wslater@umd.edu 

Courses: EDCI 



Graduate Certificate: 
(Z022) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate: Survey Statistics (Z010) 

Abstract 



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Admissions Information 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Graduate Certificate 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Urban Design (Z01 2) 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Hearing and Speech Sciences (HESP) 

Abstract 

The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences provides the opportunity for advanced graduate study in the 
communication sciences and disorders. At the M.A. level, a degree with a concentration in Speech-Language 
Pathology is offered (Applicants should see SPLA and use this code when applying for admission to study). A clinical 
doctorate in Audiology is also offered (Applicants should see CAUD and use this code when applying for admission to 
study). At the doctoral level, the Ph.D. is offered in Hearing and Speech Sciences, with concentrations in Hearing, 
Speech or Language. Students applying to the Ph.D. program can opt to receive an MA in Speech-Language Pathology 
en route to the final degree. 
Admissions Information 

Admission to the M.A. and doctoral programs is on a very competitive basis. Each year, the Department receives 
approximately 250 applications for 25 anticipated spaces in the M.A. program in Speech-Language Pathology. 
Successful M.A. applicants typically have earned at least a 3.5 undergraduate GPA, and have strong GRE scores and 
letters of recommendation. Students admitted to the Au.D. or Clinical Ph.D. programs in Audiology must have a 
minimum grade point average of 3.2 from a master's degree program or 3.4 from a baccalaureate program in hearing 
and speech sciences or a related discipline. Candidates admitted to the Ph.D. program satisfy even more competitive 
criteria. In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the Department requires applicants to furnish scores on the 
Graduate Record Examination. Admission to the M.A. and CAUD programs is primarily confined to fall matriculation, 
although students may enter the program in the summer session to complete undergraduate pre-requisites. Prospective 
applicants should note that decisions on summer and fall admissions are made in early March. Early application is 
encouraged. 
Applicants with an undergraduate degree in the hearing and speech sciences or a related field are considered for 



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admission to the M.A., Au.D. and Clinical Ph.D. programs, which usually require two, four and five-six years of graduate 
study, respectively. Individuals without a background in the hearing and speech sciences who are pursuing a clinical 
degree (Au.D. or M.A.) typically require an additional year to complete degree and clinical certification requirements. 
Only full-time students are admitted to these post-BA programs. A "fast track" of the Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) 
program is available to practicing audiologists. Applicants to this fast track must have a graduate degree in Audiology 
with a minimum grade point average of 3.2 in graduate work, and either the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence in 
Audiology (CCC-A) or a valid state license to practice audiology. Admissions requirements further include a minimum of 
two years of full-time (32 hours/week) post-masters professional audiological experience during the two years 
immediately preceding the application to the program and three letters of recommendation supporting these 
experiences. Students may enroll in the post-M.A. Au.D. program on a part-time basis. 

Admission to the Ph.D. degree program may be offered to applicants with either a Bachelor's or Master's degree, 
although a clinical graduate degree is often required in addition to the Ph.D. degree for employment in some university 
settings. Students who wish to receive both degrees can apply to the Ph.D. program and receive a clinical MA while 
working towards the doctoral degree. Requirements for completion of a program of doctoral study are dependent on a 
student's prior background in the communication sciences and disorders. 

Students who wish to focus primarily on research in communication sciences may apply either to the department 
directly, or may apply to the Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) and select HESP as the home 
department. Students who apply to HESP directly may work towards receiving a certificate in NACS in addition to the 
HESP Ph.D. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study 

4. statement of purpose 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Department also offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree with a major emphasis in speech, language or hearing. 
Students with a B.A. or M.A. are considered for admission to the doctoral program. Matriculated doctoral students will 
choose within their major a special interest area, which may focus on the normal aspects of their major or disorders 
related to the major. A student must also select a minor area of study either from within or outside departmental 
offerings. There are no foreign language requirements, but advanced courses in statistics and experimental research 
design are required for the degree. Course programs are planned by the student and a committee of at least four 
faculty members. All doctoral students are expected to participate in varied research activities within the Department for 
academic credit. Students must take written and oral comprehensive examinations for admission to candidacy after 
completing formal academic course work. Doctoral students must register for at least 12 semester hours of dissertation 
research credit before completing the degree. A full description of the Doctoral program, as well as listings of faculty 
research expertise, can be found at the Departmental web site, listed below. 
Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) 

The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers two doctoral degree options for individuals seeking a clinical 
doctorate in Audiology. See CAUD for more details. The Au.D. curriculum meets requirements specified in the 
Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) of the American-Speech-Language-Hearing 
Association. The CCC-A is the minimum qualification for practice in Audiology required by most states and jurisdictions. 
The Au.D. program for post-BA students requires 57 hours of graduate coursework, 6 credit hours for a doctoral 
research project, 14 hours of clinical practicum registration and 18 credit hours of full-time clinical internship 
registration, for a total of 95 credit hours. Au.D. students must pass comprehensive examinations and complete a 
research project. Full-time students are expected to complete the program in 4 years. The Au.D. "fast-track" program 
for returning students who already hold an M.A. degree in Audiology and Clinical Certification requires 30 credit hours 
of graduate coursework and 6 credit hours for a doctoral research project. There is no minimum requirement of 
supervised clinical practicum experience, although clinical practicum will be available to students as needed. The 
Clinical Ph.D. track in Audiology is designed for students wishing to be trained as scientist-practitioners. The Clinical 
Ph.D. program requires 60 credits of graduate coursework, 6 credit hours of pre-candidacy research, 12 credit hours of 
dissertation research, 12 credit hours of clinical practicum registration, and 18 credit hours of full-time clinical internship 



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registration, for a total of 108 credit hours. The Clinical Ph.D. curriculum is designed to meet requirements specified in 
the Standards for the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology (CCC-A) of the American Speech-Language- 
Hearing Association, and by the Graduate School. Ph.D. students must develop an individual study plan with the 
approval of a faculty Program Planning Committee, pass comprehensive examinations, and complete a dissertation 
and oral defense. Full-time students are expected to complete the program in approximately 5-6 years. 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers the Master of Arts degree with major emphasis in Speech- 
Language Pathology with either the thesis or the non-thesis option. The Master's degree is required by national 
credentialing standards for individuals intending to practice as speech pathologists in schools, hospitals, rehabilitation 
facilities, hearing and speech centers or in other clinical settings. Academic course work, which includes a minimum of 
36 credits, is supplemented by additional credit registrations in supervised clinical practica in the University Speech and 
Hearing Clinic and in selected outside clinical facilities so that the graduate will meet the academic and practicum 
requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Competence (C.C.C.) issued by the American Speech -Language-Hearing 
Association, and be eligible for licensure in the State of Maryland and other jurisdictions. The Master's degree program 
is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation, the national accrediting agency which oversees graduate 
programs in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. A full description of the Master's degree program is available 
at our web site, listed below. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department's facilities include (1) numerous modern research laboratories equipped to support research in the 
areas of: acoustic phonetics, psychoacoustics, infant and adult speech perception, neuropsychology, language and 
language development, voice, fluency and electrophysiology. There are four sound-attenuating chambers, one semi- 
anechoic chamber, and one electrically-shielded chamber, devoted to research with humans, which are all integrated 
with computers and peripheral equipment for acoustic signal development, signal analysis, presentation and on-line 
data collection; (2) a Departmental library; (3) the Hearing and Speech Clinic at UMCP: this clinic serves as the initial 
practicum site for all students pursuing clinical training. The Clinic includes multiple audiological test suites equipped for 
diagnostic testing, a complete hearing aid dispensary, a group rehabilitation room, and state-of-the-art equipment for 
behavioral and electrophysiological diagnostic testing, as well as hearing aid selection and fitting. Ten speech and 
language diagnostic and therapy rooms are integrated with observation areas; and (4) an on-site language pre-school 
(LEAP, the Language-Learning Early Advantage Program), also equipped for observation. Students pursuing clinical 
training in Audiology will also have access to the Audiology Service, Division of Audiology-Head and Neck Surgery, of 
the University of Maryland and University Hospital in Baltimore (UMB), for part-time clinical rotations or full-time clinical 
externships. This Service provides a full range of auditory and vestibular diagnostic and rehabilitative services in a large 
metropolitan hospital setting. Externally-funded research projects are an integral part of the activities at UMB. All of the 
clinical and research facilities are potentially available for the conduct of student-directed research projects, or for 
student participation in faculty-initiated research projects. Additional research and clinical facilities are available in the 
Washington and Baltimore metropolitan areas. The Library of Congress, the National Library of Medicine and the 
libraries of various medical schools in the Washington-Baltimore area supplement the University's extensive libraries at 
College Park. 

The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences participates in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Sciences graduate 
program (see NACS), the Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing Training Grant, the Biological and 
Computational Foundations of Language IGERT Training Grant, and has ties to the Center for Advanced Study of 
Language (CASL); these connections afford students the opportunity to work with faculty in other departments at the 
University of Maryland, College Park, or at UMB. 
Financial Assistance 

A limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available through the Department. Assistantships that 
carry teaching, research or clinical responsibilities are awarded on a competitive basis. The Department recommends 
outstanding students for Graduate School Fellowships; many of these fellowships have early deadlines for 
recommendations, so students are encouraged to submit their applications to the department early to ensure full 
consideration. Students may also seek assistantships or doctoral fellowships sponsored by Federal agencies (e.g., NIH 
or NSF) or private foundations (e.g., American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation). Students are encouraged to 
apply for assistantships by January 15. 
Contact Information 

Additional information about the M.A. and Ph.D. programs may be obtained by contacting Dr. Rochelle Newman, Ph.D., 
Graduate Director, or by e-mailing the program at admissions@hesp.umd.edu; extensive information about the 
Department's programs, its faculty, research and facilities may be found at our web site: http://www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp 
Director of Graduate Studies: Rochelle Newman, Ph.D. 
Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences 
0100 LeFrak Hall, College Park 
MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-4214 
Fax:301-314-2023 
admissions@hesp.umd.edu 

http://www.bsos.umd.edu/hesp 

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Courses: HESP 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Communication 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Higher Education, Student Affairs and International Education Policy 
(HESI) 

Abstract 

The Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education (HESI) program is committed to advancing the 

positive role education can have in society. Our faculty and students study core facets of the education system; this 

includes the functioning and impact of colleges and universities, the enactment and implementation of K-18 and 

nonformal education policies, and the analysis of organizational processes. HESI offerings are characterized by a 

particular emphasis on social justice, diversity, policy, and system change. Our students and faculty are scholars, 

practitioners, change agents, and innovative leaders active in universities, as well as in national and international 

organizations and policy-making bodies. The program is a collaborative community that develops theory, conducts 

research and translates these to practice, and engages students, educators, and professionals in the advancement of 

education. 

The HESI programs offers three areas of concentration: Higher Education; Student Affairs; and International 

Education Policy. Only one area of concentration must be included on the application. Before applying students should 

familiarize themselves with each concentration area and choose the one that most closely fits their own particular 

needs and aspirations. The College of Education website (http://www.education.umd.edu/) offers descriptions of all the 

concentrations, faculty profiles and contact information, and is an essential resource for all applicants. 

Graduate Degrees Offered: M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D. 

Note that, as of 2012, the HESI graduate programs are part of a new department, the Department of Counseling, 

Higher Education, and Special Education. Previously, Student Affairs was part of the Department of Counseling and 

Personnel Services and Higher Education and International Education Policy were part of the Department of 

Education Leadership, Higher Education and International Education. 

Admissions Information 

To be recommended for full admission to a doctoral or master's program, a minimum undergraduate grade point 

average of 3.0 is required. A minimum graduate grade point average of 3.5 is required for doctoral programs. Of the 

three scores on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, analytic), at least one should be at the 70th 

percentile or higher for PhD applicants (40th percentile or higher for master's applicants) and none should be under 

the 40th percentile for PhD applicants. If the Miller Analogies Test is used, the score should be at least at the 70th 

percentile for PhD applicants (40th percentile for master's applicants). Students who do not meet one of these 

requirements, but show other evidence of outstanding potential, may be considered for provisional admission. 

Admission of qualified applicants is based on their competitive ranking to limit enrollments to available faculty 

resources. For more information on admissions please refer to our website at www.education.umd.edu/edhi and click 

on prospective students. 

Admission Deadlines: 

Higher Education for both domestic and international applicants - November 15 

Student Affairs and International Education Policy for both domestic and international applicants - December 1 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 

1 . Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended 2. Three Letters of Recommendation 3. 
Statement of Goals, Research Interests and Experiences 4. Scholarly writing sample for doctoral and master's 
applicants to the Higher Education and International Education Policy areas 5. Resume/vita 6. GRE or Miller Analogy 
Test 7. It is recommended that, if possible, prospective students talk with concentration coordinators and faculty, and 
visit classes, to help determine if a particular concentration is appropriate to their academic interests and professional 
goals. For detailed information about our programs please visit our website at http://www.education.umd.edu/. 
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) 

* Ph.D. students in Higher Education and International Education Policy are required to take a minimum of 90 credits 
beyond the bachelor's degree, some of which may be satisfied by prior study. * Ph.D. students in Student Affairs are 
required to take 66 credits beyond the masters. * In addition to major and elective courses, each concentration 
requires 15 to 18 credits in research methods and 12 credits of dissertation research. * After students have completed 
most of their course work, a take-home comprehensive examination is required. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

* The minimum number of credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree required of MA degree students is 36 credit 
hours in Higher Education. * The minimum number of credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree for the MA in 
International Education Policy is 30. * Student Affairs offers both the MA and MEd and requires 40 credits beyond the 
bachelor's degree. * Field experience is required for all concentrations except International Education Policy. * MA 
students in Student Affairs must do a thesis. * MA students in Higher Education and International Education Policy 
may do a thesis. If they choose the non-thesis option they must submit a seminar paper. * MEd students must do a 
seminar paper and a comprehensive examination. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Faculty and students in the Department work closely with area schools, colleges, universities, associations and other 

education-related organizations. Extensive resources in the Washington, D.C., area, including international agencies 

and non-governmental organizations, provide exceptional opportunities for internships, field experiences, and 

research to enhance formal course experiences. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department has a very limited number of merit-based fellowships and graduate assistantships available to 

students. Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students in March only for the following fall semester. Assistantships 

are also awarded in the spring for the following fall semester, but occasionally an assistantship may become available 

at another time of year. Both fellowships and assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. It is unrealistic to 

expect that all applicants who apply for financial aid will receive such assistance even if they are recommended for 

admission to the Graduate School. It is to the student's advantage to apply well before the published application 

deadlines and to submit a complete application package if they intend to be considered for a fellowship, assistantship, 

or other form of financial aid. It is a requirement that a student be admitted as a condition of eligibility. International 

students' applications are not considered complete and are not reviewed by the Department until they have received 

International Education Services (IES) clearance which can take additional time. If you need information about IES 

clearance visit the IES website at http://www.umd.edu/ies. For more information on financial assistance, see the 

department web site: http://www.education.umd.edu/EDHI/. 

Contact Information 

For Additional information and application procedures, please visit our web site: www.education.umd.edu/EDHI/ 

Carol Ordiales Scott, Graduate Coordinator 

Higher Education and International Education University of Maryland 3214 Benjamin Building 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-8384 

Fax:301-405-9995 

cscott18@umd.edu 

http://www.education.umd.edu/edhi 
Courses: EDPL 

Historic Preservation (HISP) 

Abstract 

Based in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the Historic Preservation Program is a collaboration of 
faculty from across the University-from the departments of American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, History, 
Landscape Architecture, Real Estate Development, and Urban Studies and Planning, as well as the National Trust 
Library. Our shared goal is educating professionals for work in a wide range of preservation organizations. Research on 
historic preservation issues is also a focus of the Program, pursued through faculty and student projects, in partnership 
with preservation organizations and University partners. 

The Historic Preservation Program offers a Master of Historic Preservation (MHP)degree, a graduate Certificate, and 
several dual degrees (with Architecture, Planning, and Real Estate Development. The MHP is designed as a full-time, 
two-year curriculum leading to a professional degree. The 45-credit MHP curriculum includes core courses, an 
internship, an interdisciplinary studio course, a final project, and a large selection of electives to stimulate each 
student's particular interests. Students will be admitted to the program with a variety of backgrounds but with a 
demonstrated prior interest in the preservation field. (In some exceptional cases, students may be admitted to the 
program on a part-time basis.) 
Admissions Information 

The application process consists of two steps. First, fill out the on-line application for the University of Maryland 
Graduate School. The administrative code for the Master of Historic Preservation degree is "HISP." Second, send the 

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other elements of the application package (see below) to Enrollment Services Office-Graduate Admissions, Room 0130 

Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. 

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 

on a 4.0 scale. There is no restriction on the applicants' previous field of study, and indeed we encourage diversity in all 

senses. 

Applications and information on applying to the Master of Historic Preservation degree are available by contacting the 

Director, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, University of 

Maryland, College Park, MD 20742, or email to hisp-grad@deans.umd.edu. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

1 . Complete application form:(On-line version) 

2. Academic credentials (official transcripts to Graduate School): 

3. Standardized test scores: Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) 

4. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters from individuals familiar with the applicant's work (at least one of 
them a previous professor) 

5. Statement of Goals, Research Interests, and Experiences: 1 ,000-2,000 word statement of graduate goals, research 
interests, and experiences. 

6. Writing sample (this can be previous academic work or professional work; it does not necessarily have to be related to 
historic preservation; it must be individual work). In addition, applicants may submit samples of graphic work. Please 
submit copies, as this material is not returnable. 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Historic Preservation (M.H.P.) 

The Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) requires completion of 45 credits. Required courses cover history and theory 

of preservation, preservation law, historical research methods, documentation, conservation, preservation economics, 

preservation planning & policy, group studio/workshop, internship, and independent final project. Elective courses may 

be taken from all contributing HISP units, and other departments with prior approval from the HISP Director. A 

description of the full MHP curriculum is available on the program web site at http://www.arch.umd.edu. 

Dual Degree Program in Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development (HPDV) 

This is a dual degree program in Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development with course requirements 

overlapping such that a student can qualify for both degrees with some careful planning and an extra semester of 

coursework. It is recommended that applicants consult with the program directors of both HISP and RDEV before 

proceeding with the application. Differential tuition rates are likely to be instituted at some point after which all courses 

taken will be subject to the adjusted rate. The dual degree does allow for students to obtain both degrees with fewer 

credits than would be required taking the two degrees independently. 

Dual Degree Program in Architecture and Historic Preservation (ARHP) 

The dual degree combines course work from the Architecture and Historic Preservation programs to enable a student to 

complete both the Master of Architecture and Master of Historic Preservation degrees with fewer credits than it would 

take to complete the two separately. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The University of Maryland's Historic Preservation Program is privileged to be part of a dynamic, successful 

preservation community that has long thrived throughout the state and in the District of Columbia. Opportunities to 

study and work abound in the incredibly diverse cities, towns, and landscapes across Maryland. In addition, the 

Program enjoys close relationships with many state, local, national, international and federal-government organizations 

working in historic preservation, as well as non-profit groups and private firms. 

The HISP program is directly related to and substantially enhanced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation 

Library, housed on the College Park campus since 1986 [http://www.lib.umd.edu/NTL/ntl.html]. This Library is one of 

the leading scholarly resources for preservation in the country. The program is further strengthened by close working 

relationships with the Maryland Historical Trust, the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 

the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Historic Annapolis, Inc., Preservation Maryland, Prince 

George's Heritage, the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and others. Practical experience can be gained through a 

variety of internship opportunities with these organizations and many others. 

Financial Assistance 

HISP's principal form of financial aid consists of graduate assistantships related to research and outreach activities. The 

assistantships consist of tuition remission as well as a stipend. In addition, the Program awards-in conjunction with 



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local non-profit Prince George's Heritage-the Prince George's Heritage Preservation Fellowship, an annual competitive 

award for a HISP student or students whose Prince George's County related project is judged to be especially 

outstanding. Additionally, there are possibilities for paid internships and paid part-time work with a variety of national 

and local organizations and governmental agencies. 

Contact Information 

Contact the program at the following address: 

HISP Graduate Admissions 

School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 

University of Maryland 

College Park, MD 20742 

Or at the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation web site: http://www.arch.umd.edu 

Prof. Donald Linebaugh, Director 

School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation 

University of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-6309 

Fax:(301)314-9583 

hisp-grad@deans.umd.edu 

www.arch.umd.edu 

Courses: RDEV HISP ARCH URSP 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Architecture 

Urban and Regional Planning and Design 

Anthropology 

Real Estate Development 

Landscape Architecture 

Architecture and Real Estate Development 

Historic Preservation Certificate (HISP) 

Abstract 

The Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate program augments the degree work of Master of Architecture, Master 

of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy students in the seven cooperating academic units: American Studies, Anthropology, 

Architecture, Geography, History, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, and Urban Studies and Planning. 

Admissions Information 

This 24-credit interdisciplinary program is designed to help prepare students for a range of careers in the planning, 

management and conservation of significant cultural, natural and historical resources. Through courses, seminars 

and internships, students develop the basic expertise to become researchers, interpreters, curators, restorationists, 

archaeologists, planners, conservators and administrators in the multi-faceted field of historic preservation. 

Students who seek the Certificate must meet general Graduate School requirements and normally they must have 

been admitted into one of the participating degree programs. Application is in the form of a letter to the Committee on 

Historic Preservation. In making its evaluation, the Committee will review relevant material in the Graduate School 

application. If appropriate, the applicant's record as a graduate student or resume generated through professional 

experience will be considered. Interested persons are advised to consult in advance with the chair of the Committee. 

Application Requirements 

Degree Requirements 

Historic Preservation Graduate Certificate (Certificate) 

Certificate students, in conjunction with their degree programs, complete the required introductory seminar (HISP 

600), a survey of preservation law, 15 credit hours of core courses, and the final seminar (HISP 700). The total 

number of semester credit hours will vary according to the particular requirements of the specific degree program. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Certificate program is directly related to and substantially enhanced by the National Trust for Historic 

Preservation Library housed on the College Park campus since 1986. The program is further strengthened by close 

working relationships with the National Park Service, the Maryland Historical Trust, the Maryland Hall of Records, the 

Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Historic Annapolis, Inc., Preservation Maryland, the 

Baltimore Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation, the Maryland Heritage Alliance, the Maryland 

Historical Society, and the Montgomery and Prince George's County Historic Preservation Commissions. Practical 

experience can be gained through ongoing summer projects at the Chalfonte Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey and at 

Kiplin hall in North Yorkshire, England. 

Financial Assistance 

HISP's principal form of financial aid is the Prince George's Heritage Preservation Fellowship, an annual competitive 

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award which provides a matching tuition waiver and stipend for a Certificate student whose Prince George's County 

related project is judged by the faculty and the sponsor to be especially outstanding and promising. Additionally, 

there are possibilities of paid internships with the National Park Service and the Historic American Building 

Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. Certificate students may be teaching assistants in related academic 

units. Also, students in the Certificate Program are specially eligible for the annual Prince George's County specific 

Margaret Cook Award, a cash prize endowed by the Historical and Cultural Trust of Prince George's County. The St. 

Clair Wright Historic Preservation Award is a cash award given to a HISP student who demonstrates the principles of 

preservation activism exemplified by Mrs. Wright, founder and leader of Historic Annapolis. The Historic Preservation 

Faculty Prize is given to a student in a historic preservation course who has submitted a paper or project of 

outstanding quality on a topic in historic preservation. 

Contact Information 

Prof. Randall Mason, Director 

1298 School of Architecture College Park, MD 20742 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-6309 

Fax:(301)314-9583 

hisp-grad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.arch.umd.edu 
Courses: HISP 

Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development (HPDV) 

Dual degree programs, such as Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development, can have complicated 

requirements and applications. It is recommended that you consult with the Program Directors of each program 

before proceeding to apply. See contact information below. Application deadline for the program is December 15 for 

part I of the application and January 1 5 for the Supplemental Part II of the application. If you miss the deadline, you 

may apply and be considered for the real estate development program up until August 1st, but would have to apply 

for the Historic Preservation part of the dual degree program in the year following. The School has requested a 

differential tuition for in-state students in order to defray the higher cost of offering the dual degree program. The 

tuition differential, if approved, will be announced to all enrolled students, and will only be applied going forward for 

the semester following the announcement. 

Abstract 

Based in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the Historic Preservation Program is a collaboration 

of faculty from across the University-from the departments of American Studies, Anthropology, Architecture, History, 

Landscape Architecture, and Urban Studies and Planning, as well as the National Trust Library. Our shared goal is 

educating professionals for work in a wide range of preservation organizations. Research on historic preservation 

issues is also a focus of the Program, pursued through faculty and student projects, in partnership with preservation 

organizations and University partners. 

The dual degree program in Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development is a 60 credit program that can be 

completed, by taking courses full time over 5 semesters (2 1/2 years), including at least one winter and summer term 

course. While not preferred students may be admitted to the program on a part-time basis. Consult with the HISP 

Program Director. 

The final project for the HISP portion of the degree will also have to meet the requirements for a Capstone Project in 

real estate development and should be discussed early on with each Program Director to be sure it will meet the 

requirements of both. 

Admissions Information 

The application process consists of three steps. 

First, fill out the on-line application for the University of Maryland Graduate School. The administrative code for the 

dual degree in Master of Historic Preservation degree and Master of Real Estate Development is "HPDV." 

Second respond and attach all elements requested when the Admissions office of the University notifies you to do so 

by email. 

Third, send (or have sent by third parties, GRE, Transcripts) the other elements of the application package (see 

below) to Enrollment Services Office-Graduate Admissions, Room 0130 Mitchell Building, University of Maryland, 

College Park, MD20742. 

All applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, and a minimum grade-point average of 

3.0 on a 4.0 scale. There is no restriction on the applicants' previous field of study, and indeed we encourage 

diversity in all senses. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials: International ADDlicants seekina 


Deadline: December 15 





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admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 





Application Requirements 

1. Complete application form:(On-line version) (Part I and Supplemental) 

2. Academic credentials (Send official sealed transcript to the admissions office; unofficial copy to academic 
unit)(UMCP undergrads no submission required 

3. Graduate Record Exam Scores (GRE) 

4. Letters of Recommendation: Three confidential letters from individuals familiar with the applicant's work (at least 
one of them a previous pro 

5. Statement of Goals, Research Interests, and Experiences: 1 ,000-2,000 word statement of graduate goals, 
research interests, and experiences and career aspirations upon completion of the dual degree. Include an 
assessment of your skill level and experience with Excel or financial calculators (HP12c or HP 17b). Provide your 
assessment as follows: no functional knowledge or experience, some/minimal, moderate/workable; 
extensive/experienced. 

6. Writing sample (this can be previous academic work or professional work; it does not necessarily have to be 
related to historic preservation; it must be individual work). In addition, applicants may submit samples of graphic 
work. Please submit copies, as this material is not returnable 

7. Resume: Business style listing prior academic credentials and work experience (related or unrelated) 
Degree Requirements 

Historic Preservation and Real Estate Development (HPDV) 

The dual degree for a Master of Historic Preservation (MHP) and a Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) 

requires completion of 60 credits. Required courses cover history and theory of preservation, preservation law, 

historical research methods, documentation, conservation, preservation economics, preservation planning & policy, 

group studio/workshop, and independent final project. 

Real Estate requirements address real estate economics, finance, planning and entitlements, design and 

construction management and asset and property management. 

The final project must not only address historic preservation or adaptive reuse issues, but must meet the 

requirements of an MRED Capstone project with real estate feasibility and pro forma modelling. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development are 

ideally located between Washington, DC, and Baltimore and surrounded by a number of historic communities and a 

varied physical environment. The resulting opportunity for real estate development and historic preservation study is 

unsurpassed. 

Close by the University are key historically important and interesting places in the development of U.S. communities, 

including the 4th settlement in America at Historic St. Mary's City in Southern Maryland, which was the first planned 

city in America. Just 10 minutes from campus is the 1930s new town of Greenbelt, Maryland, and within 45 minutes 

are the 1960's new towns of Columbia, Maryland, St. Charles, Maryland and Reston, Virginia. One of the best 

examples of new urbanism is the Kentlands development less than 30 minutes away. And not to be missed are the 

major redevelopment and urban living revivals in the Port City of Baltimore and the historic neighborhoods of 

Anacostia and Columbia Heights in the District of Columbia. 

The University of Maryland's Historic Preservation Program is privileged to be part of a dynamic, successful 

preservation community that has long thrived throughout the state and in the District of Columbia. Opportunities to 

study and work abound in the incredibly diverse cities, towns, and landscapes across Maryland. In addition, the 

Program enjoys close relationships with many state, local, national, international and federal -government 

organizations working in historic preservation, as well as non-profit groups and private firms. 

The HISP program is directly related to and substantially enhanced by the National Trust for Historic Preservation 

Library, housed on the College Park campus since 1986 [http://www.lib.umd.edu/NTL/ntl.html]. This Library is one of 

the leading scholarly resources for preservation in the country. The program is further strengthened by close working 

relationships with the Maryland Historical Trust, the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic 

Preservation, the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Historic Annapolis, Inc., Preservation 

Maryland, Prince George's Heritage, the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and others. Practical experience can be 

gained through a variety of internship opportunities with these organizations and many others. 

The School's resources include a model shop, a digital fabrication lab, and both PC and MAC computer labs with 

REVIT, ARGUS, GIS, Maptitude and other design programs available. The School's library contains some 57,000 

monographs and 6,000 current periodicals, making it one of the major architectural libraries in the nation. The 

National Trust Library for Historic Preservation, housed in McKeldin Library, contains 1 1 ,000 volumes and 450 

periodical titles. THe Colvin Institute holds the entire library offerings of the Urban Land Institute and access to all the 

case studies published by ULI. The slide collection includes approximately 430,000 slides on architecture, landscape 

architecture, planning, and technical subjects. The interdisciplinary National Center for Smart Growth Education and 

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Research is based in the School offering perspectives and opportunities to engage important issues facing urban and 

regional planning. 

Both the Real Estate Development and Historic Preservation Programs benefit from the strong support of the 

professional community, including practitioners who bring expertise into the class room and project courses as 

instructors and advisors. The RDEV courses are all taught by working or retired real estate professionals giving 

unparalleled access for students to making connections with current practice in the industry. 

Job placement for HISP graduates has been outstanding with graduates sought out by national, local and regional 

firms and agencies. The over 150 alumni of the real estate program have a very active and passionate group of 

grads in the area who meet regularly and share practice tips, connections and future job opportunities. 

Financial Assistance 

HISP's principal form of financial aid consists of graduate assistantships related to research and outreach activities. 

The assistantships consist of tuition remission as well as a stipend. In addition, the Program awards--in conjunction 

with local non-profit Prince George's Heritage-the Prince George's Heritage Preservation Fellowship, an annual 

competitive award for a HISP student or students whose Prince George's County related project is judged to be 

especially outstanding. Additionally, there are possibilities for paid internships and paid part-time work with a variety 

of national and local organizations and governmental agencies. 

The Colvin Institute provides scholarship funds to a number of highly qualified students each term. Scholarship 

determinations are made at the time of application and admission. Scholarships are generally awarded on a per 

course basis and commitments are made at the time of admission and apply for the duration of the entire program, 

subject to academic performance. 

The MRED Program offers a limited number of administrative graduate assistantships to full time MRED students. 

Contact the Program Director to apply. Periodically there are named scholarships provided by various real estate 

organizations or development companies. 

In addition, there are work opportunities both on, and off campus, and they are relatively plentiful. Students in the 

past have been successful in finding part time internships and full time work with local real estate companies. The 

MRED student listserv posts openings periodically as they are brought to the attention of the Program by alumni, 

friends, faculty and sponsors. 

Applicants should inquire as to the availability of scholarship funding for the term they are starting. Scholarships are 

typically for a portion of tuition only, and are paid on a per course basis as students progress through the program. 

Scholarships are available to part time, full time, and dual degree students. 

Contact Information 

Contact the programs at the following address: HISP/RDEV Graduate Admissions School of Architecture, Planning, 

and Preservation Building 145, Faculty Suite University of Maryland College Park, MD 20742 

Find additional information on program offerings, degree requirements, admissions, and financial aid on the School's 

Web site (www.arch.umd.edu). 

Schedule a visit and tour online at: http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/advising/. Be sure to contact the Program 

Director for real estate development (mmcf@Umd.edu) if you wish to attend a sampling of classes while here. 

Sign up to receive an invitation to our Graduate Open Houses in Fall or Spring online at: 

http://www.arch.umd.edu/students/admissions/information_request.cfm 

For further information about the Preservation Program, please contact Don Linebaugh, grarchadvise@umd.edu, 

301-405-8000. 

For further information about the Real Estate Development Program and the Colvin Institute, please contact Margaret 

McFarland, JD, Director of Graduate programs in Real Estate Development and the Colvin Institute of Real Estate 

Development, mmcf@Umd.edu. 

Additional information on Case competitions, samples of student work, as well as syllabi and adjunct faculty can be 

found at the School's web site (www.arch.umd.edu. You will also find the Colvin Institute offering outreach and 

information at the ICSC in Las Vegas each May, at the ULI National Conference each October, and at many local 

events of Bisnow, ICSC, ULI, CREW, WIRRE and HAND. 

Donald Linebaugh, PhD, Associate PRofessor and Director, Historic Preservation Programs 

University of Maryland, School of Archtitecture, Planning and Preservation, Colvin Institute of Real Estate 

Development, 

ARC Building 145, Faculty Suite, College Park, 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301.405-8000 

dwline@umd.edu 

www.arch.umd.edu 

Margaret McFarland, JD, Director, Graduate Programs in Real Estate Development and The Colvin Institute of Real 

Estate Development 

University of Maryland, ARC Building 145, Suite 1243 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301 .405.8000, or 301 .405-6790 (Do not leave voice messages!) 301 .405.8000 

mmcf@umd.edu 



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www.arch.umd.edu/real_estate_development 

Courses: 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

American Studies 

History (HIST) 

Abstract 

The Department of History offers programs leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. In 

conjunction with the College of Information Studies, the Department of History also offers a dual-degree Master of 

Arts in History and Library Science. 

Major fields of concentration for the MA and PhD programs are: Ancient Mediterranean, Early Modern Europe, East 

Asia, Global Interaction and Exchange, International & Diplomacy, Jewish, Latin America, Medieval Europe, Middle 

East, Modern Economic, Modern Europe, Russia & the Former Soviet Union, Technology, Science, & Environment, 

the United States, and Women & Gender. MA-only fields are: Africa and Military. 

The graduate program, which includes fifty regular faculty members and approximately 132 degree-seeking students, 

has been nationally-ranked in the following subfields: African American, Latin America, US Colonial, and US Cultural. 

Other areas of established strength are Central/Eastern European/Russian history, the history of Western Europe, 

and women & gender. More recently, the following fields have emerged as centers of growing faculty strength and 

are attracting increasing numbers of students and faculty: Atlantic history, the African diaspora, Global Interaction 

and Exchange, and Middle Eastern/Islamic history. 

The students in our three degree programs come from across the nation, from small liberal arts colleges and major 

research institutions, as well as from the Balkans, Canada, East Asia, Eurasia, the European Union, and Latin 

America. History students have won a number of major external fellowships, includng the ACLS/Mellon Early Career 

Fellowship, the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies Dissertation Fellowship, the Foundation 

for the Research and Study of the East German Dictatorship Fellowship, the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Research 

Fellowship, the Fulbright-IIE Student Grant, the International Research & Exchanges Board Fellowship, the Mary 

Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship, the Maryland Historical Society Lord Baltimore Research Fellowship, the 

Massachusetts Historical Society Research Fellowship, and the Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in 

Original Sources, and the Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies Dissertation Award. 

Recent graduates have started postdoctoral fellowships or tenure-track jobs at institutions that include Case Western 

University, Christopher Newport University, Elizabeth City State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the 

Federal Judicial Center, John Carroll University, King's College London, Loras College, the Maryland Historical 

Society, Montclair State University, Morgan State University, Ohio University, Rhode Island College, Sage Colleges, 

Southern Methodist University, SUNY Purchase, the United States Naval Academy, the University of South Florida, 

the University of Southern Mississippi, and Western Washington University. The members of our extended alumni 

community, numbering more than 300 master of arts and doctoral recipients, work as professional historians 

throughout the State of Maryland, in a number of United States Government agencies, and at institutions of higher 

education and historical research across the United States and the globe. 

Admissions Information 

As a demonstration of our commitment to excellence in historical scholarship and education, admission to our degree 

programs is highly competitive. It is important that each applicant clearly articulate his/her academic preparation and 

qualifications for graduate study at Maryland. All prospective applicants are encouraged to make contact with the 

faculty in the area(s) of interest. Faculty play an important role in the admissions decision. Prospective applicants are 

also encouraged to make contact with current graduate students to learn more about their experiences. The History 

Graduate Student Association can facilitate communications with current students. 

Applicants are required to submit a sample of written work of historical scholarship, such as a research paper or 

thesis, as well as a statement of purpose, a personal statement, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and 

GRE scores. Additional materials may be requested. 

Although there are exceptions, the minimum overall grade point average is 3.25 for admission to a master's degree 

program and 3.50 for admission to the doctoral program. The admissions committee would typically expect a higher 

grade point average in past coursework in history and related disciplines. Successful applicants usually score above 

the 80th percentile in the analytical writing and verbal reasoning portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 

General Test. The Department does not require a GRE Subject Test. 

There are no general language or special skill requirements for admission, but the command of one or more relevant 

languages may bear upon an applicant's chances for admission in certain fields of study. 

The admissions process is sensitive to variations in GRE scores among applicants whose primary language is not 

English. However, the University requires that all admitted students demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken 

English. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant Fall Spring 



I Domestic ADDlicants: US Citizens and Deadline: December 1 5 



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Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

1 . Statements of Goals & Research Interests and Experiences 

2. Three (3) Letters of Recommendation 

3. A Writing Sample that demonstrates historical analysis, such as a research paper or master's thesis 

4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

5. Transcripts 

6. GRE General 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

Organized in the 1920s, the Master of Arts in History program at the University of Maryland provides broad and 

intensive instruction in bibliography, research, and writing in various fields of historical study. The MA degree may 

constitute a step toward doctoral research or preparation for a variety of other fields, such as archives administration, 

museum scholarship and exhibitions, public history, primary or secondary school teaching, law, or international 

relations. 

Admission to the Master of Arts program is offered to highly qualified applicants holding at least a bachelor's degree, 

normally in history or a related discipline. Application and admissions procedures are described on the Department's 

website. 

The MA degree program requires a total of thirty (30) semester hours of course work and research credits and the 

submission of two original research papers. In addition, MA students must successfully defend a thesis (the Degree- 

by-Thesis option) or pass a written examination (the Degree-by-Examination or "non-thesis" option). 

The anticipated period for completion is two (2) years of full-time study. The degree must be completed within five (5) 

years. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

First awarded in 1937, the Doctorate in History at the University of Maryland is conferred for superior achievement in 

historical study and research. The major portion of the degree is the dissertation, an original and noteworthy 

contribution to historical knowledge. In anticipation of this research, students must master bibliographic tools, 

research and writing methods, and general, minor, and special (or dissertation) fields of study. Competence in these 

preliminary steps will be measured by successful completion of course work and by examinations. 

Unless they have taken comparable courses elsewhere, students must complete the general seminar(s) in their 

major field, History 601 (History and Contemporary Theory), a minimum of nine hours of reading courses, six hours 

of research seminars, and nine hours in a minor field. 

Depending on the field of study, doctoral students may be required to demonstrate competence in one or more 

foreign languages and/or special skills. 

Students who enter with a master's degree in history or a related field are expected to sit for a set of written and oral 

comprehensive examinations within four semesters (five semesters for those who enter with a bachelor's degree). 

Upon successful completion of all examinations, doctoral students are expected to prepare a dissertation prospectus 

and advance to doctoral candidacy within one or two semesters. Upon completion of the dissertation research and 

writing, candidates defend the dissertation in an oral examination. 

The requirements for the doctoral degree are intended to be completed in five to six years. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

In addition to the field concentrations described above, the Department of History offers several forms of specialized 

training, including certificate programs in Museum Scholarship & Material Culture, co-sponsored by the Department 

of American Studies, and Historic Preservation, co-sponsored by the School of Architecture. 

The Nathan and Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies, housed within the Department, promotes both research 

and graduate training by sponsoring seminars and colloquia, major scholarly conferences, and visiting professors 

who teach graduate courses. Typically, the Center's activities each year concentrate on a historical theme of 

surpassing interests that cuts across the usual chronological and cultural boundaries. 

The University of Maryland is home to a number of important archives, special collections, and historical editing 

projects, including the Freedmen and Southern Society Project and the Samuel Gompers Papers, the Library of 

American Broadcasting, the Gordon W. Prange Collection, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Library. 

The Combined Caesarea Expeditions, an amphibious research project that joins excavation of the terrestrial remains 

of Caesarea Maritima with underwater investigation of the site's ancient harbor, are coordinated at Maryland. 

The University sponsors a number of significant scholarly publications of interest to historians, including the Hispanic 

American Historical Review, the flagship English-language journal in Latin American history; Kritika, a journal 

dedicated to critical inquiry into the history and culture of Russia and Eurasia; and Feminist Studies, a pioneer in 

women's history and gender studies. 

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The College Park campus is located within the Washington-Baltimore corridor, one of the nation's most dynamic 
regions for historical research. Francis Scott Key Hall, home to the Department of History, sits less than ten minutes 
from Archives II, the U.S. government's largest repository, and less than thirty minutes from downtown Washington, 
D.C., a city of unparalleled cultural resources and unique opportunities for historical research. Annapolis and 
Baltimore, home to significant archival holdings related to the history and cultures of the State of Maryland, the 
greater Chesapeake Bay region, and the Atlantic world, can be reached in less than forty-five minutes. 
Financial Assistance 

The Department of History administers several forms of financial assistance for graduate students, including 
fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, research assistantships, and research grants. All 
fellowships, assistantships, and grants are awarded on the basis of merit, as determined by the Graduate Committee, 
upon the recommendation of faculty and the Director of Graduate Studies. 

A multiyear guarantee of continuous funding is standard among newly matriculating PhD students. Limited 
exceptions apply for PhD students who enter the program with external support and self-financing. Guranteed 
funding is not standard for students entering the MA and HiLS programs. 

Funding packages typically include a multiyear guarantee of tuition remission and a health benefits option, subject to 
satisfactory progress towards the fulfillment of program requirements. 

For FY201 2 (201 1 -1 2 academic year), the pay scale for 9.5-month teaching, graduate, and research assistantships 
range between $16,467 and $17,139. Fellowships follow a similiar pay scale. Assistantships and fellowships include 
tuition remission and a health benefits option. Variations in stipend amounts are due to a number of factors, including 
the type of appointment, international student status, previous appointments, and advancement to candidacy. 
Additional funding is available through the semiannual Research and Travel Grant competition, the summerterm 
Prospectus Development Grant competition, matching funds for travel to academic conferences, and various cross- 
campus funding competitions. All doctoral students are expected to seek outside funding for pre -dissertation and 
dissertation field research, as appropriate. 

History graduate students may seek grants and fellowships, assistantships, hourly employment, and other forms of 
self-support offered by non-departmental sources. 
Contact Information 

For complete description of programs and requirements, please contact: 
Director of Graduate Studies 
2131 Francis Scott Key Hall 
Department of History 
University of Maryland 
College Park, MD 20742-7315 USA 
TEL: (301) 405-4268 
FAX: (301) 314-9399 
see also: 

Studies Leading to the Certificate in Historic Preservation 
(See entry under Certificate Programs ) 

History/Library & Information Systems (HILS) dual degree program resulting in an M.A. in History and an M.L.S. in 
Library Science. 

Dr. Julie Greene, Director of Graduate Studies; Dr. David Sicilia, Associate Director of Graduate Studies 
21 15 Francis Scott Key Hall 
University of Maryland 
College Park 20742-7315 
Telephone: (301) 405-4268 
Fax:(301)314-9399 
hist-qrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.history.umd.edu/graduate.html 
Courses: HIST 

History/Library Science (HILS) 

Abstract 

The Department of History and the College of Information Studies (the iSchool) coordinate a dual -degree master's 
degree program to meet the need for multidisciplinary graduate training for archivists, records managers, manuscript 
curators, rare book librarians, bibliographers, conservation administrators and those wishing to become subject and 
research specialists in academic, special and research libraries. Because of the proximity of the College Park campus 
to a variety of immensely rich research collections, students are able to gain first-hand experiences through 
internships that reinforce their classroom instruction. 

The sequence of courses leading to the two degrees prepares students to understand the intellectual approach of the 
research scholar through historic training and to meet those research needs through the information services offered 
in the College of Information Studies. The program prepares students for careers in archives and records 
management, curatorship of historical collections, scholarly editing and publishing and reference research and 



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bibliographic services, among others. 

The 54 credit hours required for the degrees combine 24 hours in each component plus six elective hours. Since many 
of the iSchool courses are offered in sequence, it is important for students to work closely with their advisor. 
The MA and the MLS are awarded simultaneously, and a student who fails to complete the special requirements for 
the coordinated degree programs may not receive either degree. When a student admitted to the HILS program 
subsequently wishes to receive only one degree, he/she must transfer from HILS either to the graduate program in 
History or to the College of Information Studies and fulfill the normal requirements for the separate master's degree. 
The dual-degree History and Library Science offers the option of a degree-by-thesis as well as a degree-by- 
examination. 

Admissions Information 

Students must apply for admission to both the Department of History and the College of Information Studies under the 
rubric HILS (History and Library Science). There is one, consolidated application, but two, independent admission 
decisions. An offer of admission from both, the Department of History and the College of Information Studies is 
required in order to be admitted to the dual-degree program. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 





Application Requirements 

(Send all required materials to both departments) 

1 . Statement of Goals, Experiences, and Research Interests 

2. Three Letters of Recommendation 

3. CV/Resume 

4. Transcripts 

5. GRE General 

6. Writing Sample 

Degree Requirements 

History and Library Science Joint Degree (M.A. M.L.S) 

Financial Assistance 

The College of Information Studies and the Department of History make available a limited number of teaching and/or 

graduate assistantships for master's students, including students in the HILS dual-degree program. These 

assistantships are awarded on the basis of merit, staffing needs, and budget. Neither academic unit extends 

guaranteed awards. 

Contact Information 

College of Information Studies 

Admissions and Student Affairs Office 

Room 4110 Hornbake Library Building, South Wing 

University of Maryland 

College Park, MD 20742-4345 

(301)405-2038 

ischool.umd.edu 

ischooladmission@umd.edu 

Dr. David Sicilia 

Associate Director of Graduate Studies 

Department of History 

2131 Francis Scott Key Hall 

University of Maryland 

College Park, MD 20742-7315 USA 

(301)405-4268 

http://www.history.umd.edu/graduate.html 

Courses: HIST LBSC 

Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) 

Abstract 

As the world grows increasingly more dependent on new technologies, the need has never been greater to create 



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easy-to-use, meaningful technologies for diverse populations. Today, technology is an integral part of the lives of 

individuals everywhere; it touches every aspect of the ways in which people learn, work and play. The Master of 

Science in Human-Computer Interaction degree integrates information studies, computer science, education, 

psychology and engineering to prepare HCI leaders of the future. 

Through coursework and research experiences, students in this program will develop skills in: 

Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction 

Advanced research methods 

Usability analysis and testing 

Social computing strategies and technologies 

Technology design 

Electives, individual research experiences and projects will allow students to develop their own specialties within HCI. 

Admissions Information 

Admission to the Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) is competitive. Applicants must have a 

baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum "B" or 3.0 average on a 4.0 

scale on all academic work attempted for consideration. 

The Admissions Portfolio 

Applications for admission are evaluated on the basis of these criteria: 

• strength of academic record 

• strength of the three recommendations/evaluations submitted on one's behalf from persons competent to judge 
probable success in graduate school 

• acceptable scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (Scores must be no older than five 
years at the time of application.) 

• Response to admissions question: "What artifact do you regularly use that you like or you really don't like?" 
Answers to this question must include a visual representation and a text description explaining the reason behind 
your selection, totaling no more than 5 pages. 

• Admissions Statement: Please address how the HCIM will support your educational and career goals. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . strength of academic record 

2. strength of the three recommendations/evaluations submitted on one's behalf from persons competent to judge 
probable success in graduate school 

3. acceptable scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (Scores must be no older than five years 
at the time of application.) For more information on the GRE waiver please visit the College of Information Studies 
website at ischool.umd.ed. 

4. Response to admissions question: "What artifact do you regularly use that you like or you really don't like?" Answers to 
this question must include a visual representation and a text description explaining the reason behind your selection, 
totaling no more than 5 pages. 

5. Admissions Statement: Please address how the HCIM will support your educational and career goals. 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science in Human-Computer Interaction (HCIM) 

The Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction (HCIM) is a unique cross disciplinary degree program that 

integrates information studies, computer science, education, psychology and engineering to prepare future HCI 

leaders in industry, government, education and other sectors. Through coursework and research experiences, 

students in this program will develop skills in the fundamentals of HCI, advanced research methods, usability 

analysis and testing, social computing strategies and technologies, and technology design. 

With the aid on an advisor, the HCIM student devises a plan of study to meet graduation requirements: three core 

courses, a required internship, a thesis or capstone project, and elective courses for a total of 30 credit hours. 

Core Courses 

The core courses introduce a broad range of concepts related to HCI and provide the necessary background for 

more specialized courses and the completion of the thesis or capstone project. 

LBSC795 Principles of Human-Computer Communication (3 credits) 

LBSC708N Special Topics in Information Studies: Human-Computer Interaction 

Design Methods (3 credits) 

LBSC 701 Research Methods in Library and Information Studies (3 credits) 



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Required Courses 

In addition to the core courses, students must complete the following: 

Required Internship (3 credits) 

Thesis or capstone project (6 credits) 

Elective Courses 

Students will take 12 credits of elective courses in the following areas: Information Policy, Information Ethics, Users 

and Use Context, Information and Universal Usability, Information Environments. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The College operates four research centers and labs: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information 

Policy and Access Center (iPAC), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), and the Center for Advanced Study of 

Communities and Information (CASCI). 

Financial Assistance 

Courses: 

Information Management (INFM) 

Abstract 

The Master of Information Management (MIM) is an innovative program that addresses the growing need of 

organizations for skilled information professionals who know how to strategically manage information and technology. 

Every cutting-edge organization needs people with the skills the MIM degree program offers. 

The MIM program prepares information professionals who understand the issues of business management, computer 

science, and information services and systems. The MIM program fills an empty space among these disciplines. 

The MIM program excels at teaching future information professionals what they need to understand to manage issues 

related to users of information, the organization, the content, the technology, and the global environment. 

The Master of Information Management is a unique cross-disciplinary degree program that combines theory and 

problem-based learning. It requires the completion of 36-credit hours, which can be taken as a part-time or full-time 

student. The program is designed to provide both structure and flexibility. The courses are integrated into four main 

blocks: 

- Core courses form the foundation of the program and build a common platform among a diverse group of students 
who bring different professions, perspectives, cultures, and experiences to the classroom. 

- Specialized courses in Management and Information Technology enable students to build advanced skills and 
knowledge and to develop the expertise required in the information field. 

- Applied courses allow students to connect theory from their learning experience to real-world settings through 
projects carried out in partner organizations. 

- Elective courses provide flexibility to the program and allow students to pursue their own interests and specific needs 
in greater depth. 

HOW IS THE PROGRAM STRUCTURED? 

The Master of Information Management program offers an Individual Program Plan and two concentrations: the 

Strategic Management of Information Concentration and the Socio-Tech Information Systems Concentration. Each is 

specifically designed to satisfy different career paths: 

The Individual Program Plan: Intended for students who want to follow the internal advancement path. Successful 

professionals need a general knowledge in management and information technology. The plan of study is customized 

to the student's particular circumstances, to advance within his/her current profession and organization. 

The Strategic Management of Information Concentration: Intended for those students who want to follow the CIO 

(Chief Information Officer) or general management path. 

The Socio-Tech Information Systems Concentration: Intended for those students who want to follow the CTO (Chief 

Technology Officer) or director of technology development path. 

The Master of Information Management degree program is available at the College Park campus and at the 

Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Maryland. Space and resources are limited at the College Park campus; 

applicants are encouraged to apply to the MIM program at Shady Grove. Please contact the Admissions and Student 

Affairs Office for more information concerning the option to enroll at the Shady Grove campus. 

Admissions Information 

Applicants to the MIM program must submit these documents: 

• Graduate School application 

• Official transcripts from each college or university attended 

• Targeted applicant essay 

• Current resume 

• Three (3) recommendations/evaluations 

• Score report on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Please visit the College of 
Information Studies website at ischool.umd.edu for GRE waiver requirements. 

The deadline for applications are as follows: 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant Fall Spring Summer 



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Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 



Preferred: February 
1 



Preferred: November 
1 



Preferred: February 
1 



International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 



Deadline: February 1 



Deadline: June 1 



Deadline: February 1 



Application Requirements 

Applications for admission to MIM program are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria: 

• a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum "B" or 3.0 average on a 
4.0 scale on all academic work attempted for consideration 

• strength of the three (3) recommendations/evaluations submitted on one's behalf from persons competent to judge 
probable success in graduate school 

• strength of targeted applicant essay 

• acceptable scores on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

• Other factors such as previously earned graduate degrees and work experience are considered as well. 
Degree Requirements 

Masters of Information Management (M.S.) 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The College operates four research centers and labs: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information 

Policy and Access Center (iPAC), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), and the Center for Advanced Study of 

Communities and Information (CASCI). The College also operates a student computer lab for currently enrolled 

students. 

Financial Assistance 

For more information on merit-based aid, please visit the College of Information Studies website at ischool.umd.edu. 

Contact Information 

Please contact the Admissions and Student Affairs Office for more information on the admissions process at 

ischooladmission@umd.edu. Please visit the College of Information Studies website at ischool.umd.edu for details on 

upcoming Information Sessions or Open House programs. 

Office of Admissions and Student Affairs 

College of Information Studies Room 41 10 Hornbake Building, South Wing University of Maryland College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-2038 

Fax:(301)314-9145 

ischooladmission@umd.edu 

http://ischool.umd.edu 
Courses: INFM 

Information Studies (INFS) 

Abstract 

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Information Studies program will help to shape the future of information. At the College of 

Information Studies, Maryland's iSchool, our renowned faculty and inquisitive and passionate doctoral students are 

exploring how information profoundly touches our lives: in government, education, health care, employment, and more. 

Building upon our strong foundation in library and information science, the iSchool has grown into an education and 

research powerhouse in human-computer interaction, information retrieval, cloud computing, information policy, e- 

government, digital archives, information ethics, and social media. Our tight-knit learning community is driven by the 

pursuit of big ideas and new discoveries to imagine how we can empower citizens, inspire communities, energize 

economies, and sustain democracies. 

We recognize that technology and public policy play critical roles in this evolving field: Maryland's iSchool takes full 

advantage of the university's location right outside Washington, D.C., the information capital of the world. We forge 

strategic partnerships and provide unmatched research, internship, and career opportunities with the government 

agencies, nonprofits, and businesses that shape information studies. 

We also believe that information goes hand-in-hand with inclusion. We offer one of the only programs of its kind 

designed to train the next generation of information professionals in working with diverse populations. 

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Maryland's iSchool as one of the top information schools in the country, ranking 

it 10th in the nation. Five of our specializations are listed in the Top 10. 

Maryland's iSchool is a gateway for transforming how people find, assess, and provide information to the world. We're 

imagining the exciting changes ahead. 



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Admissions Information 

When the completed application forms; resume; statement of goals, research interests, and experiences; transcripts of 

all academic work attempted; the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores; and the three letters of 

recommendation have been received by the College, we will review your application. If the Doctoral Committee needs 

further information, we will contact you to arrange for a personal interview. 

Detailed Application Requirements 

Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work. Official transcripts must be sent directly from all of your 

undergraduate and graduate institution(s). 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores must be sent directly from ETS. Our institution code is 5814 and our department 

code for all programs is 4701 . The GRE is required, and must have been taken within five years of the application 

deadline. Absolutely no waivers are possible. 

Three Letters of Recommendation. Three recommenders must submit their recommendations directly to the Graduate 

School. It is preferable to request at least one letter from a former professor who is able to give an in-depth evaluation 

of the strengths and weaknesses of your academic work. 

Statement of Goals, Research Interests, and Experiences. Your statement of goals, research interests, and 

experiences should describe your research background, your plans for future research, your career goals, and a list of 

iSchool faculty with expertise relevant to your research interests. 

Current Resume. Your resume or CV should list your educational and work experience as well as any publications, 

awards, or other notable accomplishments. 

Relevant Master's Degree. If you have already received a master's degree in Information Studies or a field related to 

your research interests, you may advance directly to the Ph.D. program. Otherwise, you will need to enroll in a dual 

degree program including the Ph.D. and one of the master's degrees offered by the College of Information Studies 

(Master of Library Science, Master of Information Management, or the Master of Science in Human-Computer 

Interaction). 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: November 1 





Application Requirements 

1 . Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work 

2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)- Scores must be no older than five years. No waivers granted. 

3. Three Letters of Recommendation 

4. Statement of Goals, Research Interests, and Experiences 

5. Current Resume 

6. Relevant Master's Degree (Please see Admissions Information section above for details.) 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Doctoral students must complete a minimum of 25 graduate credit hours at the University of Maryland (or 28 hours if 

basic statistics is taken as a graduate course). Course work will be taken in three areas of study: Information Studies (6 

credit hours), Research Methods and Design (10 credit hours), and specialized area(s) (9 credit hours). Milestones 

within the program include a first year review, an integrative paper, and a dissertation. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The College operates four research centers and labs: the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL), the Information 

Policy and Access Center (iPAC), the Cloud Computing Center (CCC), and the Center for Advanced Study of 

Communities and Information (CASCI). iSchool faculty and doctoral students also participate in or have affiliations with 

the University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies (UMIACS), the Maryland Institute for Technology in 

the Humanities (MITH), and the Computational Linguistics and Information Processing Laboratory (CLIP), as well as the 

Departments of Computer Science, English, and Sociology, the Robert H. Smith School of Business, and the College of 

Education. 

Financial Assistance 

Information on the availability of financial assistance is available on the College of Information Studies website at 

http://www.ischool.umd.edu. The College seeks to offer funding to entering doctoral students throughout their study in 

the doctoral program, contingent on factors such as successful progress through the doctoral program, likelihood of 

timely completion of the doctoral program, qualifications, and the availability of funding. 

Contact Information 

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procedures, or financial aid, contact: 

Office of Admissions and Student Affairs 

41 1 Hornbake Building 

South Wing 

University of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20740 

Telephone: 301-405-2038 

Fax:301-314-9145 

ischooladmission@umd.edu 

http://www.ischool.umd.edu 

Dr. Kenneth R. Fleischmann, Associate Professor 

4105 Hornbake Building South Wing 

MD 20742 

kfleisch@umd.edu 

Courses: 

Jewish Studies (JWST) 

Abstract 

The Jewish Studies Program offers both a Masters Degree in Jewish Studies, and a Graduate Certificate in Jewish 

Studies. 

The Masters Program in Jewish Studies is designed to offer students broad, interdisciplinary, graduate-level training in 

Jewish Studies, as well as in-depth focus on some aspect of the Jewish experience. The curriculum draws on the 

strengths of the Jewish Studies Program at Maryland, especially Jewish History, Bible, Jewish Literature and Cultural 

Studies (particularly in the ancient and modern periods), Yiddish, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Israel Studies. In 

addition, students take courses in cognate fields outside of Jewish Studies in consultation with their advisors. The 

extremely strong, and still growing, library collection (rivaled in the mid-Atlantic region only by the Library of Congress), 

and our proximity to the National Archives, the Library of Congress, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and other 

museums and institutions make the University a prime location for graduate Jewish Studies. 

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Jewish Studies offers students already enrolled in graduate programs at the 

University to receive training in Jewish Studies. The program draws on faculty in History, English, Philosophy, Hebrew, 

and other Departments and Programs. 

Admissions Information 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 





Application Requirements 

• GRE 

• 3 Letters of Recommendation 

• Academic Writing Sample 

• Personal Statement 

• Transcripts 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

1. Hebrew Language. As a prerequisite for admission, students must have achieved the proficiency-level 
corresponding to four semesters of university-level Hebrew, and must achieve the level of six semesters of university- 
level Hebrew by the time they have completed the program. Courses in Hebrew language will not count toward the 30 
credits needed for the degree. Students will be asked to demonstrate their knowledge of modern academic Hebrew by 
examination, or through a research project making extensive use of Hebrew-language materials. 

2. Course of Study. 

Core Distribution: (a) JWST 600, General Seminar in Jewish Studies (3 credits), which introduces students to the 
fields, methods, and problems of Jewish Studies as a cluster of disciplines; (b) one course each in the general areas 



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of Jewish History, Jewish Thought or Religion, and Jewish Literature, normally by enrolling in JWST 648, Readings in 

Jewish history; JWST 658, Readings in Jewish Thought; and JWST 678, Readings in Jewish Literature (9 credits 

total). 

Specialization: 4 courses (12 credits) in consultation with the advisor. Students may opt to write an MA Thesis (6 

credits). Non-thesis students prepare a dossier of 2 major research papers or their equivalent to be evaluated by an 

examining committee. 

Cognate Studies: Two courses (6 credits) from outside Jewish Studies in the discipline(s) related to the student's area 

of specialization. 

Graduate Certificate in Jewish Studies () 

In order to be eligible for the Jewish Studies Certificate Program a student must be accepted into or currently enrolled 

in a master's or doctoral degree program at the University of Maryland. 

Students must take four graduate level courses (12 credits) in Jewish Studies. At least six of the 12 credits must be in 

a different discipline than the student's home department. All students take JWST 600, General Seminar in Jewish 

Studies, plus at least two other graduate readings or research courses at the 600-800 level. Only one 400-level course 

can count toward the certificate. Students must work with an advisor to determine which courses best suit their 

particular needs. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The University's libraries hold over 3,000,000 volumes and house among the strongest holdings in Judaic Studies in 

the Mid-Atlantic region. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers the 

specialized resources of the Dumbarton Oaks, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Holocaust 

Memorial Museum, and numerous other scholarly, cultural, and political resources. Through the Consortium of 

Institutions in the Washington D.C. area, University of Maryland graduate students may enroll in courses at other 

universities for graduate credit. 

Financial Assistance 

MA applicants are eligible for University-wide fellowships. In addition, the Jewish Studies program may award up to 

two fellowships per year to outstanding Masters students. 

Limited funds may be available for outstanding certificate students. 

Contact Information 

For more information, please contact the Jewish Studies Program. 

The Jewish Studies Program 

0142 Holzapfel Hall College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301 405 4975 

Fax: 301 405 8232 

jwst@arhu.umd.edu 

http://www.jewishstudies.umd.edu 
Courses: JWST 

Journalism (JOUR) 

Abstract 

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a Master of Journalism (JOMJ), a Master of Arts in Journalism (JOUR) 

and a Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism Studies (JOST). 

The College accepts full-time students to the master's program, which is designed to be completed in one year. 

There are specialized tracks in multi-platform journalism and broadcast journalism available to students. The College 

also offers a highly individualized program for veteran journalists, which may be completed on a part-time basis. 

Students admitted to the standard master's program in multi-platform or broadcast journalism are not required to 

possess prior training or experience in the field. Students admitted to the returning journalist program, however, must 

have at least 5-8 years of professional experience. 

The Ph.D. in Journalism is a full-time research-oriented program that prepares students for careers in university 

teaching, academic and industry research and media consulting. Doctoral students are expected to have some 

professional experience in journalism. 

For more information, visit: http://www.merrill.umd.edu/ 

Admissions Information 

Applicants seeking admission to the master's program must hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution of 

higher learning. Undergraduate study of journalism and professional experience in journalistic fields are not required. 

Completion of the general aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination is required and three letters of 

recommendation must be submitted. 

Applications for the master's program are considered for admission in the Summer or Fall semesters. Students 

beginning the master's program in the summer can graduate within 12 months, whereas students beginning in the fall 

can graduate in 15 months. The program does not accept applications for admission in the Spring semester. The 

deadline to apply for admission to the master's program for the Summer or Fall semesters is February 1 . Please note 

that applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered until the following year, and all supporting 

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application materials must be received by February 1 . 

Applications for the doctoral program are considered only for Fall semester enrollment. The deadline to apply to the 
doctoral program is January 15, and all supporting application materials must be received by this date. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Summer 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 








International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 









Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Personal Statement of Goals and Experiences 

4. Official Transcripts 

5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (recommended) 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Maryland's Ph.D. in Journalism Studies is designed to prepare students for careers in university teaching, academic 
and industry research, and media consulting. The first two years of the program consist of coursework in theory, 
research methods, journalism and an outside area of interest. At the end of coursework, students take 
comprehensive examinations (in theory, cognate area, methodology, and in their areas of specialization). Students 
then conduct research and write the dissertation. Most successful candidates enter the program with a master's 
degree, but that requirement can be waived for people with extensive professional news experience. 
For more information on the doctoral program, see: http://www.merrill.umd.edu/phd/about 
Master of Journalism/Master of Arts (M.J./M.A.) 

The master's degree is typically a 36-credit program (30 credits are required for students in the Returning Journalists 
specialization). The MJ is a non-thesis degree. Students pursuing an MA take six credits preparing a thesis. 
Students who enter the program with significant professional newsroom experience can request to opt out of the two 
required 500-level courses. Students on the 12-month track begin in the summer and take six credits each in summer 
session one and two, and 12 credits each in fall and spring. Students who start in the fall semester take their 
coursework fall, spring, and the following fall. The program's capstone experience is the Capital News Service, where 
students serve as full-time reporters in news bureaus in Washington and Annapolis; at the college's TV station, 
UMTV; or for our online news magazine, Maryland Newsline, which is produced in College Park from our state-of- 
the-art facilities in Knight Hall. 

For more information on our programs, visit: http://merrill.umd.edu/masters 
For more information on the Returning Journalist program, see: 
http://www.merrill.umd.edu/masters/programs/returning-journalists 

Detailed information on the requirements of our programs can be found in the master's program handbook, available 
online at: http://www.merrill.umd.edu/masters. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The University of Maryland is located just a few miles from Washington, the media capital of the world. Students and 
researchers have access to The Washington Post, USA Today and hundreds of Washington bureaus for newspapers 
and TV news outlets from around the world. 

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism operates a daily news bureau in the National Press Club, a few blocks from 
the White House, and in Annapolis, less than a block from the Maryland State House. On campus, the college 
operates a multimedia news bureau, Maryland Newsline. In addition, the college runs UMTV, a cable TV station that 
reaches more than 600,000 homes throughout suburban Washington and Baltimore. Equipped with state-of-the-art 
digital editing systems, students produce a 30-minute nightly newscast and a professional staff produces original 
programming. In 2010, the College opened Knight Hall, our new state-of-the-art building with multiple news labs and 
opportunities for multiplatform experimentation. Knight Hall brings all of the College's affiliated centers under one 
roof. 
Centers 

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism is home to a number of centers and programs designed to help professionals 
improve various aspects of journalism. 

The Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism: Launched in 2012, the Povich center will "forge a path in sports 
journalism toward analyzing complex issues in athletics, to challenge and clarify societys avid participation in games 
as players and spectators." For information, visit: http://merrill.umd.edu/povich_center. 
The Hubert H. Humphrey Journalism Fellowships: The Humphrey fellowship is a special one-year program that 



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brings international journalists to the University of Maryland to study. Fellows seek to strengthen their management 
and leadership skills and make professional contacts. The fellowship program is led by former Philadelphia Inquirer 
reporter Lucinda Fleeson. http://www.journalism.umd.edu/Humphrey 

The Journalism Center on Children and Families: Launched in 1993 as the Casey Journalism Center, the Journalism 
Center on Children and Families is a national resource for journalists who cover children and family issues. Its 
mission is to enhance reporting about the issues and institutions affecting disadvantaged children and their families 
and to increase public awareness about the concerns facing at-risk children. The center provides journalists with 
information on issues affecting children and families, such as health, education, child care, child welfare, human 
services, foster care and mental health. It holds an annual conference for journalists and conducts a contest that 
awards prizes to the best print and broadcast reporting on children and family issues, http://www.cjc.umd.edu 
The Society for Features Journalism: Founded in 1947, the Society for Features Journalism (formerly the American 
Association of Sunday and Features Editors, or AASFE) is "dedicated to the quality of features in newspapers." The 
independently operated group sponsors an annual convention, a writing contest, regional workshops and a fellowship 
program designed to develop minority feature writers. It also publishes two magazines, "Style" and "Feedback." SFJ's 
membership of nearly 200 is limited to newspaper feature editors and Sunday section editors. 
http://featuresjournalism.org 

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ): NABJ is an organization of journalists, students, and media- 
related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists 
worldwide. Founded in 1 975, NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. 
Publications 

American Journalism Review'ts a national bimonthly magazine that monitors press performance and standards. It 
was ranked highest among publications in its field for readership, quality, and usefulness in a national survey by the 
American Society of Newspaper Editors. The magazine, started as Washington Journalism Review in 1977, was 
acquired by the College of Journalism in 1987. The dean of the College is president of AJR. 
Financial Assistance 

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism offers a number of merit-based fellowships and scholarships. These include: 
Eleanor Merrill Graduate Fellowships. Named in honor of Ellie Merrill, the chairwoman emerita of the College's Board 
of Visitors and the widow of College benefactor Philip Merrill, these awards typically include stipends of $7,500 and 
10 credits of tuition remission for the academic year. 

Lillie Z. Goldberg / Hodding Carter III Scholarship. This $2,000 scholarship is awarded to an outstanding applicant to 
the Multi-Platform Journalism program who has exhibited a committment to Public Affairs Reporting. 
Mary Anne and Frank A. Kennedy Scholarship. A $5,000 award plus limited tuition remission is given to an 
outstanding graduate applicant. 

The Hiebert Journalism International Travel Award. An endowed fund established by and named for College founding 
dean and Professor Emeritus Ray E. Hiebert. Provides reimbursement of travel expenses of up to $2,500 (or more, 
depending on endowment investment growth) for one student annually for travel outside the United States for a 
seminar, conference or on a journalism-related itinerary. Initial application is to the dean of the College of Journalism; 
it will be considered by a faculty scholarship/awards committee. 

Assistantships. Teaching, research and administrative assistantships are available and include tuition remission of up 
to 10 credits per semester and stipends starting at $16,000. Master's students interested in assistantships must apply 
to individual units. 

For more information, see: http://www.merrill.umd.edu/masters/fellowships-aid 
Contact Information 

Specific information about the Journalism Program is available on request from: 
Caryn Taylor-Fiebig, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies 
11 00 Knight Hall, 

University of Maryland-College Park 
MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-2380 
Fax:(301)314-9166 
iourqrad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.merrill.umd.edu 
Courses: JOUR 

Kinesiology (KNES) 

Abstract 

A vital part of the School of Public Health, the Department of Kinesiology offers programs leading to the Master of Arts 
(thesis and non-thesis options) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Research emphases within the three broadly 
defined areas of exercise physiology, cognitive motor neuroscience, and physical cultural studies are offered. Within 
each of these cognate areas, students develop specialized programs with faculty guidance and consistent with faculty 
expertise. Details of faculty research interests and additional information can be found at the department 
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Admissions Information 

Students may qualify for admission with a 3.0 GPA for M.A. or 3.5 GPA for Ph.D. programs, strong GREs, and a 
focused letter detailing academic and research goals as well as previous research experiences. In addition, each 
applicant should submit a minimum of three strong recommendations from people knowledgeable about the 
applicant's prior academic achievements and research potential. Appropriate background course work closely aligned 
with the intended research specialization is expected. Graduate faculty sponsorship is also necessary for admission; 
each faculty member has only a limited number of openings and only the most highly qualified applicants are selected. 
Faculty review of applications does not occur until all required parts of the application are received. This review is 
done in early January; therefore applicants are encouraged to have all their application materials submitted by 
January 1 for best consideration for admission and financial support. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 


Deadline: October 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. Three Letters of Recommendation (Research/Academic) 

3. Statement of Goals, Research Experiences and Interests 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

Completion of the master's degree with thesis requires a minimum of 24 semester hours and six thesis credits. The 
M.A. non-thesis option requires a minimum of 27 semester hours, a three-credit project based on an independent 
scholarly investigation, and a final comprehensive examination. Students in both options work under the direction of a 
graduate faculty advisor and must complete, as a minimum, six semester hours in a cognate area, six semester hours 
in research processes, and twelve semester hours in supporting courses either in or outside of the department. If 
internships are selected as part of the individual program, the total credits will exceed the minimum 30 credits. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The doctoral program is designed to prepare outstanding scholars in a research domain in Kinesiology. To complete 
the program, a student must provide substantial evidence of his or her ability to frame and complete original research. 
A Ph.D. student's program is tailored to meet his or her academic goals, but all students will produce and follow a 
research plan and complete a minimum of 90 credit hours relevant to Kinesiology (including dissertation) beyond the 
bachelor's degree. The program of study includes research experiences, as well as courses in the cognate area, other 
supportive courses outside of the department that broaden or deepen one's knowledge, and courses in research and 
analytic processes. Students also are expected to engage in the culture of Kinesiology through active participation in 
seminars and other departmental activities and to develop teaching expertise in the subdiscipline. All Ph.D. students 
are expected to complete a dissertation, which is the culminating research experience and contributes to knowledge in 
kinesiology. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department has three areas of specialization: Cognitive Motor Neuroscience, Exercise Physiology, and Physical 
Cultural Studies. Laboratories are maintained, which support original investigations in each of the three areas. 
Laboratories include equipment for measuring metabolic parameters, strength, body composition, postural sway, 
ground reaction forces, amount of physical activity in daily life, as well as muscle biopsies and movement analysis. 
The response of the human body to physical activity/exercise can be viewed through ECG, EEG, EMG and systematic 
behavior observation systems. Each of the three research areas has interfaced computer hardware and software to 
support data collection and analysis. Collaborations with the School of Medicine at the Baltimore campus and with NIH 
often result in the availability of other facilities and equipment. All graduate students have access to computers and 
other forms of technology. Details and pictures of current facilities and equipment are available at our website: 
www.sph.umd.edu/KNES/. 

Cognitive Motor Neuroscience Lab - Various tools provide students with opportunities to measure, postural sway, 
ground reaction forces, multi-digit pressing and moments in 3-D, and movement analysis. These tools include: (1) A 
three wall rear-projected monoscopic CAVE display system with three XGA digital projectors. The system is designed 
for standing humans to be immersed in a visual world to test questions about how the nervous system processes 
visual information to maintain upright stance. (2) A hydraulically-controlled moveable force platform for recording 
center of pressure and ground reaction forces inside the CAVE. (3) An Optotrak motion analysis system, capable of 
tracking up to 24 LEDs simultaneously for whole body analysis. (4) A touch plate consisting of a miniature force plate 
capable of resolving .01 N of force in three directions. (5) A Logitech 6D ultrasonic tracking system consisting of a 



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control unit, two triangular receivers and one triangular transmitter. Each receiver provides three components of 

translation (x, y, z) and three components of rotation (yaw, pitch, roll) with a resolution of .006 cm. (6) A 16 channel 

EMG Neuraxon system for recording muscle activity. Because responses of the human body can be viewed through 

Electrocardiographic (ECG), Electroencephalic (EEG), and Electromyographic (EMG), we collaborate with the 

University of Maryland, School of Medicine at Baltimore and the National Institutes of Health. This results in the 

availability of other facilities and equipment whereby students may join forces on projects involving neuroimaging and 

virtual reality environments. 

Exercise Physiology Lab The Exercise Physiology group has various laboratories capable of supporting a wide-range 

of exercise-related studies, including metabolic testing, Bod-Pod body composition, muscular strength and power 

testing, and various clinical blood-based assays. Moreover, the group collaborates with various nearby facilities for 

high-quality measurement of body composition, including muscle size, bone density, and visceral adiposity. A 6,000 

sq. ft. training facility is fully equipped with aerobic exercise training equipment and 20+ Keiser strength training 

machines for all major muscle groups. In addition to these general facilities, the group maintains other specialized 

laboratories. The Functional Genomics Lab studies the role of genetic variation in disease susceptibility and the 

responses and adaptations of different individuals to various exercise programs. The lab has state of the art 

equipment for genetic analysis, including extensive computer resources. The Molecular Biology Lab has extensive 

scientific resources for examining the effects of exercise and inactivity on muscle, adipose, and other cell types 

utilizing both in vivo and in vitro approaches, website: www.sph.umd.edu/KNES/. 

Physical Cultural Studies (PCS) advances the critically and theoretically-driven analysis of physical culture, in all its 

myriad forms. These include sport, exercise, health, dance, and movement related practices, which PCS research 

locates and analyzes within the broader social, political, economic, and technological contexts in which they are 

situated. More specifically, PCS is dedicated to the contextually based understanding of the corporeal practices, 

discourses, and subjectivities through which active bodies become organized, represented, and experienced in 

relation to the operations of social power. PCS thus identifies the role played by physical culture in reproducing, and 

sometimes challenging, particular class, ethnic, gender, ability, generational, national, racial, and/or sexual norms and 

differences. 

Financial Assistance 

Teaching and research graduate assistantships are offered each academic year. The Department also has an NIH- 

funded pre-doctoral training grant in exercise and aging. At the present time, over two-thirds of the graduate students 

are financially supported. Teaching assistants work as discussion leaders and laboratory assistants as well as 

instructors in physical activity classes. Many research assistants are supported by grants. The department is active in 

seeking University fellowships for its outstanding applicants. Currently the department provides partial financial 

support for all graduate students who are selected to present their research at scholarly meetings. 

Contact Information 

For additional information and an application, contact: 

Polly R. Sebastian, Academic Coordinator 

Department of Kinesiology 2351 SPH Building School of Public Health (Valley Drive) 

College Park 

MD 20742-2611 

Telephone: (301)405-2453 

Fax:(301)405-5578 

knes-grad@umd.edu 

http://www.sph.umd.edu/knes 

Courses: KNES 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Nutrition 

Engineering: Bioengineering 

Landscape Architecture (LARC) 

Abstract 

The Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) is a professional degree program that prepares students for work as 
academicians and practitioners. The three-year first professional degree curriculum is for students who have a 
bachelor degree in a non-design field. The MLA is a degree that is accredited by the LAAB (Landscape Architecture 
Accreditation Board), which allows graduates to sit for the professional license exam (LARE). The two-year post- 
professional degree curriculum is for students who have a bachelor degree in landscape architecture or a related 
design field. Through the required courses, concentration electives, and individual research, each student will acquire 
a thorough theoretical basis, grounding in methods and practices, and exposure to contemporary local and global 
issues. The required studio courses and the thesis or creative project, conducted with faculty and community 
partners, advances the knowledge base of landscape architecture through research and community outreach 
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The MLA program is interdisciplinary in its philosophy and its operation. Individual courses convey concepts and 
tools from diverse disciplines and studio, research, and outreach projects have a multi-discipline association. Project 
and research advisors come from faculty in Landscape Architecture, Plant Science, Environmental Science, 
Geography, Geology, American Studies, Architecture, Urban Studies and Planning, Historic Preservation, Real 
Estate Development, and other academic disciplines and professional partnerships. 
Admissions Information 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: October 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1 . 3.0 GPA and Undergraduate transcripts 

2. GRE test scores 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. Portfolio of Creative Work* 

5. Letter of Interest 

'Portfolio: The portfolio is a compilation of graphic, written or scored work that you have created or observed and 
recorded. This collection should show your interest and aptitude for the visual language of design. Expertise in 
design is welcomed but not required. The portfolio should illustrate your interests in a variety of areas related to 
landscape architecture. This can be sent in a portfolio case or binder (any size). CD-ROM, DVD or web-accessible 
portfolio compilations will also be accepted in lieu of printed material. Portfolios are due no later than the 
application deadline. Send portfolio to: Diana Cortez, MLA Program, 2139 Plant Sciences Building, University 
of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. 
Degree Requirements 
Master of Landscape Architecture (M.L.A.) 

Three- Year First Professional Degree Curriculum (71 Credits + 6 credits @ 200-level, if required). 

Students will be advised to take remedial Woody Plant Identification courses prior to arrival or in the first year of 
study at Maryland. The MLA Program requires these courses in order to meet accreditation standards. Requirements 
(contact department for detailed curriculum): 

Courses in Theory and History (12 Credits) 

Courses in Studio Design and Planning (26 Credits) 

Courses in Graphic Communication and Practice Technology (15 Credits) 

Courses in Ecology and Plant and Soil Sciences (3 Credits + 6 credits of remedial courses) 

Courses in Independent Study and Research, with Thesis or Creative Design project(15 Credits) 

Two-Year Post-Professional Degree Curriculum (40 credits) 

This curriculum is for those students with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture or other approved environmental 
design degree. Requirements (please contact department for detailed curriculum): 

Courses in Theory and History (6 Credits) 

Courses in Studio Design and Planning (16 Credits) 

Courses in Independent Study and Research, with Thesis or Creative Design project(18 Credits) 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Master of Landscape Architecture program is accredited by the Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board 

(LAAB) of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The program maintains a balance between design theory 

and application in a professional degree curriculum. The MLA program builds upon the strengths of the Department 

of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) and the Landscape Architecture Program (LARC). The PSLA 

Department is composed of faculty members who specialize in landscape architecture, landscape history, ecology, 

plant science, urban forestry, turf and golf course management, and landscape management. It provides a strong, 

comprehensive grounding for landscape design, planning and preservation, landscape assessment, site and 

ecological systems analysis, plant identification, plant conservation, and plant pathology. Other environmental 

programs in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources offer knowledge and practical insight into the science 

of ecology, ecological restoration, water and soil conservation, and forest management. The MLA builds on this 

collaboration through advanced courses, student advising, and the contribution of non-teaching programs such as 



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lectures, symposia and research projects. 

The Master of Landscape Architecture Program is located in the Plant Sciences Building on the College Park 

campus. Advanced individual computing facilities, personal drafting stations, scanning and printing facilities, and a 

model-making workshop are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to every student in the MLA program. 

Financial Assistance 

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students. These include Teaching, Research, 

and Administration Assistantships. Assistantships can be 9-month or 12-month appointments and include tuition 

remission (5 to 10 credits each semester, commensurate with GA appointment), an annual salary, health benefits, 

and in-state tuition, in exchange for 10 to 20 hours of work per week. Scholarships, fellowships, and other funding 

sources are available through a variety of external agents, such as the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF), the 

Garden Club of America (GCA), and others, including the following: 

• Steven G. King Play Environments Scholarship: undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at LAAB -accredited 
schools. Award: $5,000. 

• The Dangermond Fellowship: graduate students in the United States. Award: Up to three (3) $10,000 fellowships. 

• Peridian International, Inc./Rae L. Price, FASLA Scholarship. Award: $5,000. 

• The Douglas Dockery Thomas Fellowship in Garden History and Design: graduate student in the United States. 
Award: $4,000. 

Go to http://www.laprofession.org/financial/scholarships.htm for more information. 

Contact Information 

Diana Cortez, Program Management Specialist 

2139 Plant Sciences Building 

College Park 

MD 20742-4452 

Telephone: 301-405-4359 

Fax:301-314-9308 

dcortez@umd.edu 

http://www.larch.umd.edu 

Courses: LARC 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Real Estate Development 

Architecture 

Urban Studies and Planning 

Historic Preservation 

Enviromental Science and Technology 

Library Science (LBSC) 

Abstract 

The Masters of Library Science (MLS) is a fully American Library Association (ALA) accredited program that focuses 

on areas central to research and practice in information science. It emphasizes the theoretical and conceptual 

foundations of the field. The application of the results of scholarly research are related to current practices and are 

analyzed with the goal of advancing the quality and scope of services in a variety of information settings. The program 

provides a comprehensive foundation for professional careers in all libraries, information centers, and other agencies 

engaged in information activities. 

The MLS program is available at the College Park campus; the Universities at Shady Grove campus in Rockville, 

Maryland; and online. Space is limited at the College Park campus, therefore, applicants are encourage to apply to the 

Shady Grove campus or the online program. 

For more information about courses available at the Shady Grove campus, admissions deadlines, or to schedule an 

informational interview, please contact the Program Director of the MLS at Shady Grove, Dr. Vedat Diker, at 

vdiker@umd.edu. 

For more information about the MLS Online please contact an advisor at ischooladmission@umd.edu. 

Admissions Information 

Admission decisions are based upon a thorough review of the applicant's undergraduate record, scores on the 

Graduate Record Exam General Test, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose. Other factors, such as 

other graduate degrees and work experience, may be considered as well. 

New students are admitted to the MLS program at the College Park campus for the Summer and Fall terms. 

Summer, Fall, and Spring admission for the MLS program is available at the Shady Grove campus in Rockville, 

Maryland only. Applicants interested in spring admission for the MLS at Shady Grove should contact the Admissions 

and Student Affairs Office at ischooladmission@umd.edu or (301 ) 405-2038 for assistance with the application 

process. 

The MLS Online is cohort based and new students are admitted for the Fall term each year. 

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Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Summer 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: November 1 


Deadline: February 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 


Deadline: February 1 



Application Requirements 

1 . Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work 

2. GRE General (see the College's website for information on GRE waiver requirements) 

3. Three Letters of Recommendation 

4. 500 word targeted essay 

5. Resume 

Degree Requirements 

Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies (Ph.D.) 

The Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies is no longer coded under 'LBSC. Please look under Information 

Studies (INFS) in the Graduate Catalog for more information on this program and its requirements. 

Master of Library Science (M.L.S.) 

The MLS degree requires 36 credit hours of academic work to be completed with a B minimum average within five 

calendar years from the first semester of registration. In the nonthesis option, all credits are course work. The thesis 

option requires 30 credits of course work and 6 credits of thesis research. A full-time MLS student usually completes 

the program in two years. 

Students in the College have flexibility in completing the program. Students may take courses in the daytime and 

evening and may change from part-time to full-time and vice versa, as their circumstances permit. Most MLS courses 

are offered both day and evening on a regular rotation; however, there are a few courses that are only offered during 

the day or evening. 

The History/Library Science (HILS) dual degree program requires 54 credit hours for the MLS and MA in History. The 

time limit for completion of all degree requirements for this dual degree program is five years. 

Each student works with an advisor to design a suitable course of study. All MLS students must successfully complete 

five courses in their first 18 credits: 

* LBSC 601 Users and Information Context, OR LBSC 605 Archival Principles, Practices and Programs (for students 
in the Archives, Records, and Information Management specialization), OR LBSC 640 Library Media Specialists as 
Information Professionals (for students in the School Library Media specialization) 

* LBSC 635 Management and Administration for the Information Professional (not required for School Library Media 
students, who take a specialized management course later in their program) 

* LBSC 650 Information Access Services 

* LBSC 670 Organization of Information 

* LBSC 690 Information Technology 

The remaining seven courses are electives selected by the student and a professional academic advisor in the 

iSchool. Advisor approval is required before registering for courses. 

At least 24 credits of the 36 required must be LBSC courses taken at the College. A student may take courses in other 

UMCP departments or through the Consortium at other area institutions (limit of nine credits). Six credits may be 

transferred from another accredited graduate program and from Advanced Special Student status at UMCP. 

Information about policies and procedures governing degree requirements and courses taken outside the College is 

available from the College's Admissions and Student Affairs Office and on the College's website at 

www.ischool.umd.edu. 

Specializations and Concentrations 

Students may choose to specialize in one of two areas: 

* Archives, Records, and Information Management 

* School Library Media 

Alternatively, students may choose one of these three concentrations: 

* E-Government Concentration 

* Information and Diverse Populations Concentration 

* Lifelong Access 

MLS students may work with their advisors to define their own course plans, and are certainly not required to pursue a 

specialization, concentration, or dual degree. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Special computing labs with a variety of general purpose and specialized hardware and software are operated by the 

College; in addition, students use numerous other labs on campus. The Instructional Development and Support 

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audiovisual production and use. 

Faculty and students participate in cooperative research with staff of the University Libraries, the Human-Computer 

Interaction Laboratory, and other campus units. Students have access through cooperative arrangements and 

programs to the resources of Archives II, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and other 

prominent research facilities. 

Financial Assistance 

The College offers a very limited number of scholarships and assistantships. For more information please visit the 

College website at www.ischool.umd.edu. In-state tuition fees for the MLS program may be available for students from 

states that are members of the Academic Common Market of the Southern Regional Educational Board. For more 

information about the Academic Common Market and to check eligibility please visit 

http://www.sreb.org/page/1304/academic_common_market.html. 

Contact Information 

For specific information on the academic programs available in the College of Information Studies, admission 

procedures, or financial aid, contact: 

Office of Admissions and Student Affairs 

4110 Hornbake Building, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-2038 

Fax:(301)314-9145 

ischooladmission@umd.edu 

http://www.ischool.umd.edu 
Courses: LBSC 

Linguistics (LING) 

Abstract 

Research on language has proven to be one of the most fruitful means to cast light on the nature of the human mind 
and general cognitive capacity and has taken on a new momentum in the last 30 years. The Maryland 
Linguistics program builds on these recent developments and trains students thoroughly in a research enterprise 
which tries to develop a detailed answer to these questions: How is a person's linguistic capacity represented in the 
mind, how does that representation reflect properties which are encoded genetically, how is language acquired by 
young children, how can language be encoded as a computational, psychological or neurological system, and how 
can linguistic knowledge be used to improve human language technology? 

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Maryland has an internationally recognized Ph.D. program. The 
Department combines current theoretical research in phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics with state-of-the-art 
experimental research in psycholinguistics, first language acquisition, language processing, neurolinguistics, and 
computational linguistics. An interdisciplinary background enables students to evaluate proposals critically and make a 
lasting contribution to the field. Many students choose to split their major and minor areas between theoretical and 
experimental linguistics. Many students also choose to concurrently pursue the Certificate Program in Neuroscience 
and Cognitive Science . The department also hosts an NSF-supported interdisciplinary training program on "Biological 
and Computational Foundations of Language Diversity" (see web site for more information). 
The Department encourages applications from students with an interest in the Department's areas of expertise. 
Students with a primary interest in Neurolinguistics and Cognitive Science may also want to consider applying to 
the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Ph.D. program. See the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language 
Laboratory for more details on alternative programs of study for psycholinguistics. Students seeking a Ph.D. in other 
areas of linguistics may want to consider a range of other strong programs at the University of Maryland. The PhD 
program in Second Language Acguisition , based in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, has a strong 
cognitive science and research focus. Students with a focus on TESOL should consider the Curriculum and Instruction 
Program , based in the College of Education. Students with a clinical focus should also consider the Hearing and 
Speech Sciences Program . Students interested in human language technology should also consider the PhD 
programs in the iSchool (CLIS) or the Department of Computer Science . 
Admissions Information 

All students must hold a Bachelors or Masters degree (or international equivalent) prior to starting the Ph.D. program. 
Although the student's previous degrees may be in a field other than linguistics, it is essential that a student have 
some previous experience in linguistics. 

Applicants should check the University's admission reguirements and the department's web site for the most up-to- 
date information on graduate applications. Electronic submission of application materials is strongly preferred. 
Applicants are encouraged to submit the initial on-line application form well before the application deadline, preferably 
by mid-December, since this form must be processed before an applicant is able to submit other electronic materials. 
Note that the January 5th target date applies to all applicants, domestic and international. Applications normally 
require: 

1 . Application Form & Application Fee: See the Graduate School web site. Early submission of the initial on-line application is strongly 
encouraged. 

2. Statement of Purpose: This should provide a clear explanation of what your objectives are in pursuing an advanced degree in 

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Linguistics, and at Maryland in particular. Mention specific interests or relevant experience where applicable. The Statement of 

Purpose is not a literary contest or an invitation to flatter members of the department; there is no 'recipe' for a strong Statement. The 

Statement of Purpose allows the Department to better understand an applicant's goals, interests, and how well the applicant will be 

served by the department's areas of expertise. 

Writing Sample(s): This should preferably represent original work done in linguistics, but work in other fields showing evidence of 

careful analysis and independent thought is also acceptable. Writing samples should be in English. 

Letters of Recommendation: These should come from at least three people who know your work well, and who can offer a detailed, 

honest assessment of your abilities and experience, and your suitability for an advanced degree in Linguistics. 

GRE General Test: Although this test is not absolutely required for admission, all applicants who hope to receive financial aid are 

strongly advised to take the GRE test. A wider range of sources of financial aid are open to students who have taken the GRE test. 

TOEFL Test (or TOEFL), for international students. See the Graduate School web site for exceptions. 



Application Deadlines 






Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 15 
Preferred: January 4 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 4 





Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

Under exceptional circumstances, students are awarded an MA degree on completion of the core coursework 
requirements (six courses, see PhD requirements), four further classes, and writing either an MA thesis which is 
defended publicly (LING 799) or two comprehensive papers in different areas of language study (LING 798). Two of 
the post core-level class requirements should be taken in the Department of Linguistics, with the rest being taken 
either in Linguistics or in other departments satisfying a secondary area of specialization and complementing the 
student's work. Note that the Department of Linguistics does not normally admit students whose objective is a 
terminal M.A. degree. The M.A. degree primarily serves students who withdraw from the Ph.D. program. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Students pursuing the Ph.D. take at least 33 graduate-level credits of course-work, of which at least 9 credits are at 
the 800-level (seminars) and 6 credits correspond to the Minor area of specialization, possibly in another department. 
These minimum requirements are usually fulfilled by formal classes and not by independent studies, although the 
latter may be used to supplement a student's program of study. The student's first year is normally devoted to the 
"core", foundational coursework in the department's three primary research areas: (i) theoretical linguistics (syntax, 
semantics, phonology), (ii) psycholinguistics/neurolinguistics/language acquisition, (iii) computational linguistics. 
Students must take at least 6 core courses, comprising at least two 2-semester core course sequences. At least one 
of these core course sequences must be in an area of theoretical linguistics. The core courses are the 600 level LING 
courses and LING 723, 773. The core sequences are: 

1. LING 61 0,611 Syntax 

2. LING 620, 621 Phonology 

3. LING 640, 641 Psycholinguistics 

4. LING 723, 773 Computational Linguistics 

5. LING 660, 661 Semantics 

In addition to satisfying (part of) the 9 credit requirement for seminars, the next two years are devoted to satisfying 6 

credits (beyond any core courses) in the Minor, as approved by the Graduate Director. Some students choose to 

pursue the Certificate in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science, which may count as the minor area. 

By their fifth semester, students write a substantial paper (LING 895), under the supervision of a faculty member. This 

paper enables students to demonstrate a capacity for productive research and to make an original contribution to the 

literature, often forming the basis for the dissertation research. It is submitted to a three member examining committee, 

is defended publicly two weeks later, and must be approved by the committee after the defense. The student must 

then upload the completed 895 paper to the 895 folder in the department PDF locker, and inform the Graduate 

Director that this has been done. 

In addition, by their seventh semester students must also write a paper in their Minor area of specialization (or some 

other area that is not their major area). The paper must be prepared under the supervision of a member of the faculty. 

Once the paper is completed to the satisfaction of the supervising faculty member, it must be uploaded to the 896 

folder in the department PDF locker, and the Minor Area Paper approval form presented to the Graduate Director. 

[Under special circumstances, upon the written recommendation of the student's advisor and with the approval of the 

faculty of the department, a student may satisfy the Minor area paper requirement by instead taking a third course in 

the Minor area.] 

LING 895 and the Minor area paper replace the "comprehensive examinations" held in some departments. 

To help ensure satisfactory progress towards the degree, students are required to submit to the Graduate Director a 



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Ph.D. Roadmap once each semester, completed in consultation with their advisor. 

After satisfactory completion of the 895 paper, students are admitted to candidacy and write a proposal for a 
dissertation, which a faculty member agrees to supervise. Students enroll in LING 899 while working on the 
dissertation, and must take at least 12 credits of this course. The dissertation must make a substantial and original 
contribution to knowledge. The supervisor, in consultation with other committee members (selected by the student and 
the supervisor), determines when there is a draft which will be defended publicly at an oral examination. The 
dissertation is approved by a five member examining committee. On completion of the approved dissertation, a hard 
copy will be submitted to the department, along with a 2nd hard copy or else an electronic version for the department 
web page. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

In addition to university and departmental library facilities, linguists at Maryland have ample office and meeting spaces. 
The department has outstanding resources for interdisciplinary research that bridges theoretical, experimental, and 
computational linguistics. The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language (CNL) Laboratory has the specific purpose of 
bridging the gap between theoretical/computational models of human language and the brain-level mechanisms that 
support language. The research in the CNL Lab combines the study of linguistics, cognitive neuroscience, language 
acquisition and psycholinguistics, genetic disorders and computational modeling. The CNL Lab is housed in around 
5000 sf. of labs and offices and includes the following: 

1 . Event-Related Potentials (ERP) Lab: 1 28-channel Neuroscan ERP facility for recording electrical signals originating in the brain by 
measuring electrical activity at the scalp. 

2. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Lab: a 1 60-channel whole-head MEG facility that is used for non-invasive measurements of the 
magnetic fields associated with neuronal activity in the brain. 

3. Head-mounted Eye Tracking Lab: lightweight eye-tracker suitable for use with children and adults. 

4. Fixed Eye Tracking Lab: eye-tracker suitable for on-line studies of reading. 

5. Center for Young Children: state-of-the-art on-campus preschool for 3-6 year olds, with testing rooms suitable for study of language 
acquisition. 

6. Infant Language Lab: for testing infants and young children. 

7. Phonetic/Speech Analysis facilities: equipment for generation, recording, manipulation and analysis of speech sounds. 

In addition to the facilities available at the CNL Lab itself, Maryland linguists have taken advantage of the many 

additional research opportunities in closely affiliated departments and institutions, in particular at the National Institutes 

of Health (NIH), located in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. These include fMRI brain imaging, PET brain imaging and 

TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation) at NIH, and aphasia research in collaboration with NIH researchers. 

Computational Linguistics 

The department also runs two computational linguistics laboratories housing state-of-the art facilities funded by the 

NSF and DARPA. The Computational Linguistics and Information Processing (CLIP) laboratories contain state of the 

art computing facilities and data resources. 

Financial Assistance 

Initial offers of admission and financial aid are normally made in February-April. Further offers are sometimes made at 

a later date, if additional funds become available. In recent years, around 6-8 new students have started the Ph.D. 

program each year. 

Financial aid (tuition + stipend) is available on a competitive basis. The department aims to provide graduate students 

with financial aid (stipend + tuition) during their full course of study (5 years), provided that the student makes 

satisfactory academic progress. Graduate funding comes from a number of sources. The Department offers Graduate 

Assistantships (GAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs). GAs typically involve teaching service in undergraduate 

linguistics courses. RA positions typically involve research associated with a grant-supported faculty research project. 

Also available are Graduate Fellowships. The University offers a number of these to outstanding applicants, which 

release the student from GA or RA responsibilities for 1-2 years of study. Other sources of funding are occasionally 

available through the Department or University. Also, a number of students come to the Department with funding of 

their own from external fellowships. 

Fellowships and GAs provide 12 and 10 credits of tuition remission respectively per semester. In additions to tuition 

remission, the Graduate Assistantship comes with Health benefits. The student is responsible for approximately 

$340.00 in mandatory student fees per semester. 

The Department sets aside a portion of its operating budget to support travel by faculty and graduate students to 

present papers at conferences. Any member of the Department can request support for this purpose. Graduate 

students may also apply for university travel awards for this purpose. 

Contact Information 

The Department's web site, Maryland Linguistics , contains a good deal of information on the program, but if you have 

further questions about Graduate Study in the Department, you should contact Dr. Jeffrey Lidz (jlidz@umd.edu). 

Alternatively, if you have a particular interest in the research of an individual faculty member, you may want to contact 

that person directly via email. 

Dr. Jeffrey Lidz 

Linguistics Dept, University of Maryland, 

1401 Marie Mount Hall, College Park, 

MD 20742-7505 

Telephone: (301) 405-7002 (301) 405-8220 

Fax:(301)405-7104 

jlidz@umd.edu 

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http://www.ling.umd.edu 

Courses: LING 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 
Second Language Acquisition-Ph.D. 

Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) 

Abstract 

The specific objective of the university-wide Graduate Program in Marine-Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES) 
is the training of qualified graduate students, working toward the M.S. or Ph.D. degree, who have research interests in 
fields of study that involve interactions between biological, physical and chemical systems in the marine, estuarine, 
freshwater or terrestrial environments. The program comprises six areas of specialization: Ecology, Environmental 
Chemistry, Environmental Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Fisheries Science, and 
Oceanography. Students work with their Research Advisory Committee to develop a customized course of study 
based on research interests and previous experience. 
Admissions Information 

Applications for admission in the fall semester must be filed by February 1 ; if financial assistance is needed, it is better 
to apply by December 1 . Students may also be admitted for the semester starting in January, for which the deadline is 
September 1 , with July 1 as the preferred deadline for assistance and June 1 as the international applicant deadline. 
Applicants must submit an official application to the University of Maryland, along with official transcripts of all previous 
collegiate work, three letters of recommendation, and scores on the General Test (aptitude) of the Graduate Record 
Examinations. It is particularly important that a student articulate clearly, in the application, a statement of goals and 
objectives for future work in the field. Because of the interdisciplinary and interdepartmental nature of the program, 
only students for whom a specific advisor is identified in advance can be admitted. Prior communication with the 
faculty in your choice area of specialization is highly encouraged. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: December 1 


Deadline: September 1 
Preferred: July 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: December 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1 . GRE General 2. Official transcripts of all college work 3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 
Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Course Work: The student must complete a minimum of 36 credits, with at least 24 credits of course work and 12 
credits of dissertation research. Twelve credits of course work must be at the 600 level or above. Course work 
completed to fulfill a Master's degree can be applied against this requirement; a) One seminar course (MEES 608 or 
equivalent) is required for each year in residence (on average); b) One approved Statistics course (600 level or 
higher); c) One graduate course representing significant interdisciplinary breadth, outside the student's specialization; 
d) One course or seminar in management, ethics or philosophy of science. 

Examinations: Formal applications for advancement to candidacy for the doctoral degree requires successful 
completion of both a Comprehensive Examination written and oral components and an oral Defense of the 
Dissertation Proposal. The Comprehensive Examination must be passed before the student can defend the 
Dissertation Proposal. An Oral Defense of the Dissertation will be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee 
and will be administered once all other degree requirements have been fulfilled. 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

Course Work: A minimum of 30 credits with 24 credits of course work and 6 credits of graduate research. Of the 24 
course credits, 1 2 of them must be at the 600 level or higher; including, a) One seminar course (MEES 608 or 
equivalent) must be taken for each year in residence (on average); b) One approved Statistics course (400 level or 
higher); c) One graduate course representing significant interdisciplinary breadth, outside the student's specialization; 
d) One course or seminar in management, ethics or philosophy of science. 

Thesis Defense: An Oral Defense of the Thesis, administered according to Graduate School regulations, will take 
place at the completion of the research project. This defense will be conducted by the Research Advisory Committee 
and will be administered once all other degree requirements have been fulfilled. 



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Facilities and Special Resources 

Students may conduct their research in the laboratories and facilities of the College Park (UMCP), Baltimore (UMB), 

Baltimore County (UMBC), or Eastern Shore (UMES) campuses, in one of the laboratories of the University's Center 

for Environmental Studies (UMCES): the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) at Solomons, Maryland; the Horn 

Point Laboratory (HPL) near Cambridge, Maryland; and the Appalachian Laboratory (AL) in Frostburg, Maryland; or at 

the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) in Baltimore. CBL and HPL are located on the 

Chesapeake Bay. They include excellent facilities for the culture of marine and estuarine organisms. Berthed at CBL 

are the University's research vessels. At HPL there are extensive marshes, intertidal areas, oyster shoals, tidal creeks, 

and rock jetties. AL, located in the mountains of western Maryland, specializes in terrestrial and freshwater ecology. 

On the campuses and at IMET are specialized laboratory facilities for environmental research, including microbiology; 

biotechnology; water chemistry; cellular, molecular, and organismal biology; and specialized facilities for remote 

sensing of the environment. Extensive field sites for environmental research are available through the University's 

agricultural programs and through cooperation with many other organizations in the state. 

Financial Assistance 

University fellowships, research assistantships and traineeships, and teaching assistantships are available. In general, 

aid provides for full living and educational expenses. Some partial assistance may also be available. Research support 

from federal, state, and private sources often provides opportunities for additional student support through either 

research assistantships or part-time employment on research projects. 

Contact Information 

Dr. Kennedy T. Paynter, Jr., Director 

1213 HJ Patterson Hall, 

University of Maryland 

College Park, MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-6938 

Fax:(301)314-4139 

mees@umd.edu 

http://www.mees.umd.edu/ 

Courses: MEES 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Biological Sciences 

Entomology 

Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology 



Masters of Chemical and Life Sciences (CLFS) 

Abstract 

The Master of Chemical and Life Sciences is an online content-based masters program for high school science 
teachers that provides in depth knowledge of current research areas in the biological, biochemical and biomedical 
sciences. The courses cover subject matter as diverse as genetic engineering and gene therapy to chemistry, ecology 
and the concepts of biocomplexity. University faculty who are experts in the field will lead discussion sessions on 
topics of current interest with significant social impact. Topic examples include the positive and negative aspects of 
genetically engineered foods and their safety , the development of new energy sources and the ethical and moral 
issues involved in cloning and the handling of genetic information. The program also provides a set of laboratory 
experiences that facilitates the presentation of many of these concepts in the classroom. Aside from the laboratory 
experiences, all courses will be offered exclusively through distance education as online courses. Our infrastructure 
provides a web based asynchronous program. Teachers who desire to update and advance their knowledge or who 
must complete an advanced degree or graduate courses, will find that this program meets their needs. In addition to 
our general program we offer focused Areas of Concentration in Biology and in Chemistry. During the course of 
studies towards a degree students may earn Credentials by taking a series of focused courses. 
Admissions Information 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







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Application Requirements 

In addition to a suitable undergraduate education and experience admission to the degree program requires the 
successful completion of either CLFS 510, Concepts of Modern Biology, or CLFS 520, Concepts in Modern Chemistry, 
gateway review classes; or a passing grade of B or better on either of the admissions exams based on CLFS 510 and 
CLFS 520. Suitable GRE scores will also be accepted to satisfy admission requirements (GRE scores are not 
required!). Upon application and the submission of documentation all applicants will be granted Provisional Admission 
to the program while they satisfy other admission requirements 
Degree Requirements 

MASTER OF CHEMICAL AND LIFE SCIENCES (MCLFS) 

Students with a thorough and up to date understanding of biology or chemistry, and who are admitted without 
condition*, may elect to take the appropriate Admission Exam. The Admission Exams are generally based on the 
content of CLFS 510, Concepts in Modern Biology or CLFS 520, Concepts in Modern Chemistry. Students who feel 
that they can benefit from a review may take CLFS 510, Concepts in Modern Biology or CLFS 520, Concepts in 
Modern Chemistry. A passing grade (B) on either the Admission Exam or CLFS 510/520 is sufficient for admission to 
the MCLFS program as a degree-seeking student. 'Students with undergraduate grade point averages below 3.0, who 
have not previously demonstrated superior performance in graduate courses, will be required to take CLFS 510 or 
CLFS 520. (Note: as a 500-level course this cannot be used to meet the credit requirements of the MCLFS program.) 
Students may take individual courses in the MCLFS program as Advanced Students. Up to 12 credits may be taken in 
this way. A maximum of six credits from other institutions may be transferred in with approval of the Director. (See: 
Transfer Form) The program's curriculum consists of 30 credit hours selected from the list below (not including CLFS 
510 or CLFS 520). Included in the 30 hours are 6 credits of CLFS 710, Experimental Biology, or CLFS 720, 
Experimental Chemistry, or the equivalent, and the completion of a scholarly paper. No more than six hours of CLFS 
608 Seminar credits may be counted towards the required 30 credits. 
Financial Assistance 

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE 

Dr. Paul Mazzocchi Professor Emeritus, Director, Master of Chemical and Life Sciences 

pmazzocc@umd.edu 

http://www.clfs.umd.edu/grad/mlfsc/ 
Courses: 



Mathematical Statistics (STAT) 

Abstract 

The Statistics Program offers the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees for graduate study and research 

in statistics and probability. Areas of faculty research activity include statistical decision and estimation theory, 

biostatistics, stochastic modeling, robust and nonparametric inference, semiparametric inference, categorical data 

analysis, theory and inference for stochastic processes, stochastic analysis, time series and spatial statistics. 

Students may concentrate in applied or theoretical statistics by selecting an appropriate sequence of courses and a 

research area to form an individual plan of study. The Program has been designed with sufficient flexibility to 

accommodate the student's background and interests. The Program also offers students from other disciplines an 

opportunity to select a variety of statistics courses to supplement their own study. 

The Program is administratively affiliated with the Department of Mathematics, which maintains the records of all 

students in the Mathematical Statistics Program and handles correspondence with those applying for admission. 

However, any application for admission must indicate clearly that the student wishes to enter the Statistics (STAT) 

Program. 

Employment prospects for statisticians are very good. All recent M.A. and Ph.D. graduates of Maryland's Statistics 

Program have found jobs in academia and government. 

Admissions Information 

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, applicants with at least a B average (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) should 

have completed an undergraduate program of study that included a strong emphasis on rigorous mathematics or 

statistics. Mathematical preparation at least through the level of advanced calculus will normally be considered 

sufficient demonstration of the expected mathematical background. In special cases, students may be provisionally 

admitted without having fulfilled the general admission requirements if they can demonstrate potential success in the 

Program through other criteria. The General Graduate Record Examination is required for admission, and the 

applicants must supply the scores. The GRE subject examination in Mathematics is recommended. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 1 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: October 1 
Preferred: September 15 



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International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General (required) 

2. GRE Math (recommended) 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The M.A. degree is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program. A doctoral student must complete a minimum of 

36 hours of formal courses (at least 27 at the 600/700 level) with an average of B or better; at least 18 of the 

graduate credits must be taken in Statistics. In addition, the university requires at least 12 hours of STAT 899 

(Doctoral Research). The Ph.D. student must take written examinations in Probability, Mathematical Statistics, and a 

third exam in Applied Statistics or any field of mathematics. These examinations are given by the Mathematics 

Department twice a year in January and August. A student may take one or more examinations at a time. The 

student must pass two examinations by the end of his or her third year in the graduate program, and must pass all 

three by the end of the fourth year. Most full-time students pass all three examinations by the end of the second year 

or middle of the third year. If successful in the written examinations, the student must pass an oral examination. 

Administered by the Statistics faculty, the oral examination usually takes place a year after the student passes the 

written examination. This examination serves as a test of the student's in-depth preparation in the area of 

specialization and the student's research potential. Successful completion of the oral exam indicates that the student 

is ready to begin writing the doctoral dissertation. In addition, the Department requires a reading competence in one 

foreign language for the Ph.D. The student may select one of three languages: French, German or Russian. 

Administered and graded by the Mathematics Department, the language examination consists of translating foreign 

mathematical texts into competent English. To be admitted to candidacy, the Ph.D. student must pass the written 

examinations and the oral examination and the language examination must be completed before the candidate's final 

oral examination on the dissertation. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The M.A. degree program offers both thesis and non-thesis options; the students are encouraged to choose the 

latter. For the non-thesis option, a student must complete 30 credit hours with at least a B average; at least 18 of 

these credits must be at the graduate level (600/700 level) and at least 12 of the graduate credits must be in 

Statistics (STAT). The student must also pass the Mathematics Department written examinations in Probability, 

Mathematical Statistics and one more area, such as Applied Statistics or any field of mathematics. The student may 

take either the separate M.A. written examinations or the Ph.D. written examinations, which require a lower score to 

pass. In order to earn the M.A. degree with the non-thesis option, the student must pass two examinations by the end 

of his or her third year in the graduate program, and must pass all three at the M. A. level or two at the Ph. D. level by 

the end of the fourth year. A student may take one or more examinations at a time. Most full-time students pass all 

three examinations by the end of the second year or middle of the third year. The student must also submit a 

satisfactory short scholarly paper. 

For the thesis option, a student must: (1) complete 24 credit hours with at least 15 at the 600/700 level (of these 15 

hours, at least 12 hours must be in Statistics); (2) maintain an average grade of B or better; (3) take six hours of 

STAT 799 (Research) in addition to (1 ); (4) write a satisfactory thesis; and (5) pass a final oral examination. There is 

no foreign language requirement for M.A. students. 

The applicants should have in mind that no financial aid is offered to M. A. students. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The STAT Program cooperates closely with the Mathematics Department and the Applied Mathematics and Scientific 

Computation (AMSC) Program. The Program's faculty are actively involved in research in applied and theoretical 

areas of statistics and maintain close ties with applied scientists in several federal agencies. 

The Program sponsors a weekly statistics seminar. In addition, faculty-student workshops cover topics of current 

statistical interest. 

Computing is integrated into the applied courses, and the Program also offers a course "Computational Methods in 

Statistics" 

By scheduling many of its applied and Master's level courses in late-afternoon time slots, the Program facilitates and 

invites part-time graduate study. 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate assistantships are awarded to Ph. D. students in the Statistics Program through the Mathematics 

Department. At present, the teaching load is six hours each semester, in addition to the duties of meeting with 

students and grading papers. There are 15 graduate students in statistics with financial support. These are mostly 

teaching assistantships, but there are also a few research assistantships and fellowships. From time to time 

advanced students are placed into research assistantships as data analysts or statistical consultants with other 

campus units such as the Statistics Laboratory, run jointly by the Statistics Program and the Computer Science 

Center. Applications for financial aid are only processed once a year, for admission for the fall semester. 

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In addition to brochures and publications of the Mathematics Department, which include information about statistics 

faculty and graduate courses, the Statistics Program offers a brochure, "Educational Policies of the Mathematical 

Statistics Program" . 

Prof. Abram Kagan, Director 

Mathematical Statistics Program 

1107 Mathematics Building 

University of Maryland 
College Park 
MD 20742-4015 
Telephone: (301) 405-5061 
Fax:(301)314-0827 
statqrad(5>deans. umd.edu 

www . stat . umd . edu 

Courses: STAT 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Mathematics 

Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation 

Mathematics (MATH) 

Abstract 

Three programs are currently closely affiliated with the Mathematics Department: the Mathematics Program (MATH), 

the Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation Program (AMSC), and the Mathematical Statistics Program 

(STAT). Students applying for admission should use the appropriate symbol to indicate their program of interest. The 

interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation Program offers two concentrations, one in applied 

mathematics and one in scientific computation. The Statistics Program is concerned with mathematical statistics and 

probability. The AMSC and STAT programs are described in detail elsewhere in this catalog. 

Students can earn Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the Mathematics Program. The master's 

degree is not required for entrance to the Ph.D. program. 

The Mathematics Program offers graduate programs in algebra and algebraic geometry, complex analysis, dynamical 

systems and chaos, geometry, harmonic analysis, mathematical logic, number theory, numerical analysis, ordinary 

differential equations, partial differential equations, probability, real and functional analysis, representation theory, 

statistics and topology. 

Admissions Information 

Admission is granted to applicants who show promise in mathematics as demonstrated by their undergraduate record. 

Unless courses in advanced calculus and (undergraduate) abstract and linear algebra have been taken, admission 

may be on a provisional basis (conditioned on passing MATH 410, 403, and/or 405 with a grade of B). Both the 

Subject Test and the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination are required for admission. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 1 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: October 1 
Preferred: September 15 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 
Preferred: January 15 


Deadline: June 1 
Preferred: June 1 



Application Requirements 

GRE General, GRE Mathematics, 3 letters of recommendation, and advanced courses form 
Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The Ph.D. program does not require an M.A. degree, but applicants who are accepted should show, on the basis of 
their undergraduate record and recommendations, that they possess not only marked promise in mathematical 
activities but the potential to perform on a creative level. Like the M.A. program, admission may be granted on a 
provisional basis. 

Students in the Ph.D. program must complete a minimum of 36 hours of formal coursework (at least 27 at the 600/700 
level) with an average grade of B or better; at least 18 hours must be taken in the Department of Mathematics. In 
addition, the university requires at least 12 hours of MATH 899 (Doctoral Research). Ph.D. students must pass 



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Departmental written examinations in three subfields of mathematics. The purpose of the written qualifying exams is to 

indicate that the student has the basic knowledge and mathematical ability to begin advanced study. Passing the 

exams is thus supposed to certify understanding of (selected) first-year graduate material. These examinations are 

given twice a year, in January and August. A student may take one or more examinations at a time. All three 

examinations must be passed by January of the student's third year in the graduate program. If successful in these 

written examinations, students must do advanced reading and coursework in their special area of interest before they 

can be admitted to candidacy and begin dissertation research. The dissertation must represent an original contribution 

to mathematical knowledge and is usually published in a mathematical journal. 

Generally Ph.D. students spend about six years before obtaining the degree. The combined programs of mathematics, 

applied mathematics and statistics award an average of 18 Ph.D.s each year. The Ph.D. program has a foreign 

language requirement. Before a student can schedule the Final Oral Examination, he or she must pass a written 

examination in either French, German or Russian. The language examinations are composed and graded within the 

Department and involve translating a passage from a mathematical text into competent English. 

Master of Arts (M.A.) 

The M.A. degree program offers both a thesis and non-thesis option; most students choose the latter. The non-thesis 

option requires students to take 30 credit hours with an average of at least a B. At least 18 credits must be at the 

600/700 level, including at least 12 hours in mathematics. Additionally, students must complete two full-year 

sequences at the 600/700 level; either pass Departmental written examinations in three different mathematical fields 

at the Master's level, or pass two exams in different mathematical fields at the PhD level; and write a scholarly paper. 

The thesis option requires a total of 24 hours of courses carrying graduate credit of which at least 15 are at the 

600/700 level. Of these 15 hours at least 12 must be in mathematics. Of these 12 hours, at least 3 hours must be in 

each of two fields of mathematics distinct from the one in which the thesis is written, and must be passed with a grade 

of B or better. The student must also take 6 hours of thesis research, write a satisfactory thesis, and pass a final oral 

examination. 

The M.A. degree includes no foreign language requirement. Generally it takes two to three years to earn the M.A., and 

approximately 20 degrees are granted each year in mathematics (MATH, STAT, and AMSC combined). 

The department also has a 5-year program to earn a combined M.A./B.S. degree. The requirements for this program 

include the requirements for both the B.S. degree and the M.A. degree, with 9 hours of overlapping credits. Either the 

thesis or non-thesis option for the M.A. degree is available in this program. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department is actively involved in research in a number of areas, strengthened further by a complement of 

mathematicians from the Institute for Physical Science and Technology. The Department fosters a lively program of 

seminars and colloquia; about half of these talks are given by outside specialists. In addition the department has a 

tradition of hosting distinguished long term visitors who give series of seminar talks or teach semester long courses. 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Library is located on the ground floor of the Mathematics Building and 

contains more than 95,000 volumes in mathematics, physics and engineering, and more than 280 journals in pure and 

applied mathematics. The Library of Congress, with its extensive collection of books and technical reports, is only a 

half hour from campus. 

The Department has a large network of computers mostly running Linux. The Department houses a computer 

classroom and a Mathematical Visualization Lab, and similar labs are scattered across campus. There are computers 

in almost all graduate student offices, and many of the other computers on campus are available for student use. 

The Department cooperates closely with the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and with the Department of 

Computer Science. Faculty members of both groups offer courses in the Department, and the facilities of the computer 

center are available to serve the research needs of both faculty and graduate students. Members of the Department 

participate actively in the interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Scientific Computation Program, and they also 

staff the Mathematical Statistics Program. 

Financial Assistance 

The MATH program is expecting to support between 15 and 20 new doctoral students each Fall. Offers of support are 

generally made for up to five years, contingent on the student making satisfactory academic progress. Except for 

unusual circumstances, offers of financial aid will not be made to applicants seeking a Master's degree. The normal 

teaching load is four to six hours per week of classroom teaching in addition to the duties of meeting with students and 

grading papers. Sometimes fellowships and research assistantships are also available. 

Contact Information 

More information about the Mathematics Graduate Program is available at www.math.umd. edu /graduate/ , 

and information about admissions is available at www.math . umd. edu /graduate /prospective/ . 

For questions regarding Departmental programs, admission procedures, and financial aid, contact: 

Ms. Celeste Regalado, Program Coordinator 

1112 Mathematics Building 

University of Maryland 
College Park 
MD 20742-4015 
Telephone: (301) 405-5058 
mathgrad@deans.umd.edu 

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http://www.math.umd.edu/graduate/ 

Courses: MATH 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Engineering: Systems Engineering 

Applied Mathematics & Statistics, and Scientific Computation 

Mathematical Statistics 

Mathemetics of Advanced Industrial Technology (MAIT) 

Abstract 

The Norbert Wiener Center, a research and educational unit in the Department of Mathematics at the University of 

Maryland, College Park, offers a professional Masters degree focusing on the modern mathematical methods and 

algorithms that underlie today's cutting-edge engineering: The Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology 

(MAIT). 

Our program is designed for individuals working in mathematical engineering who are looking for a fast track to 

understanding and applying the most up-to-date ideas in their current and future projects. Undergraduate degree 

holders can advance to the Masters level, and Masters degree holders can advance their applicable skills. 

In addition to the professional Masters degree, we also offer two certificate programs. For students wishing to enhance 

their career skills in specific subject matter, the Center also offers a Graduate Certificate in Mathematics of Advanced 

Industrial Technology to students completing 4 courses (12 credits) within the program. The Norbert Wiener Center 

also offers a specific Graduate Certificate concentration in Computational Harmonic Analysis. This 12-credit program 

is tailored to working engineers and scientists wishing to advance their understanding of the latest Fourier, Wavelet, 

and Time-Frequency Harmonic Analysis methods and algorithms. 

Fields including RF and Optical Communications, Signal and Image Processing, Sensor Networks, RADAR and 

SONAR, Navigations and Avionics, Medical Imaging and Diagnostics, Control Systems, and Robotics, increasingly 

rely on fast, embedded mathematical algorithms executing on the latest microprocessors, micro-controllers, and DSP 

cores. Budding fields such as Bioinformatics, Nanotechnology, Data Mining, and Quantum Computing are likewise 

being built from the ground up around modern mathematical methods. Engineers and scientists that understand 

advanced mathematical toolsets will have the edge in creating tomorrow's technologies. 

The Norbert Wiener Center's educational mission is to teach the mathematics of modern engineering in an accessible 

and applicable manner. Our faculty is drawn from both academia and industry in order to balance theoretical and 

"hands on" approaches in the most constructive way. Our courses offer the latest information while tying modern 

theory directly to application by incorporating industry standard tools. Graduates of the Norbert Wiener Center will be 

well equipped to apply the latest mathematical tools to advance both their projects and their careers. 

The most up-to-date information about the MAIT program can be found on our website at www.mait.umd.edu 

Admissions Information 

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS AT THIS TIME. 

Students entering the program should hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in Mathematics, Engineering, 

Physics, or a related technical field. Mathematical background should include Calculus, Differential Equations, and 

Linear Algebra, as well as experience and/or coursework in one or more of the following areas: Scientific Computing, 

Digital Signal Processing, Numerical Analysis, Boundary Value Problems, Fourier methods, Complex Variables. MAIT 

also offers preadmission classes to help interested students fulfill these requirements. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 






International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 

THIS PROGRAM IS NOT ACCEPTING NEW STUDENTS AT THIS TIME 

Students entering the program should hold a regionally accredited baccalaureate degree in Mathematics, Engineering, 

Physics, or a related technical field. Mathematical background should include Calculus, Differential Equations, and 

Linear Algebra, as well as experience and/or coursework in one or more of the following areas: Scientific Computing, 

Digital Signal Processing, Numerical Analysis, Boundary Value Problems, Fourier methods, Complex Variables. MAIT 

also offers preadmission classes to help interested students fulfill these requirements. 

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Certificate in Computational Harmonic Analysis (Certificate) 

The Norbert Wiener Center offers a specific Graduate Certificate concentration in Computational Harmonic Analysis. 

This 12-credit program is tailored to working engineers and scientists wishing to advance their understanding of the 

latest Fourier, Wavelet, and Time-Frequency Harmonic Analysis methods and algorithms. The program will include the 

following courses: MAIT 633 Applied Fourier Analysis; MAIT 623-624 Modern Mathematical Methods of Signal and 

Image Processing; and a fourth elective selected with the approval of the student's advisor. Coursework must be 

completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

Master of Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology (MS) 

The Master of Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology (MAIT) degree requires 10 classes (30 credits) to be 

completed with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Coursework must include 3 core subjects (MAIT 613 Advanced Applied Linear 

Algebra, MAIT 623 Modern Mathematical Methods of Signal and Image Processing I, and MAIT 633 Applied Fourier 

Analysis), as well as electives chosen from a host of options. Coursework also must include a one or two-semester 

practical project course under the guidance of a faculty member. The project course may be employer-work related. 

The student's faculty advisor must approve program coursework. 

Certificate in Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology (Certificate) 

For students wishing to enhance their career skills in specific subject matter, the Center also offers a Graduate 

Certificate in Mathematics of Advanced Industrial Technology to students completing 4 courses (12 credits) within the 

program. Coursework will include at least 2 of the core subjects and 2 listed electives to be completed with a GPA of 

3.0 or higher. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Courses for the MAIT program will be taught in the evening at the College Park Campus and also at sites in northern 

Virginia. The MAIT program is administered by the Norbert Wiener Center for Harmonic Analysis and Applications 

which is located within the Mathematics department on the second floor of the Mathematics building on Campus Drive 

in College Park. 

Financial Assistance 

Contact Information 

Additional information can be found on the MAIT web site at www.mait.umd.edu A brochure describing the program is 

available from the program office or from the web site in electronic form (*.pdf). 

Program Coordinator 

Suite 221 1 , Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20740 

Telephone: (301) 405-5158 

Fax:(301)314-6710 

mait@math.umd.edu 

http://www.mait.umd.edu 
Courses: 

Music (MUSC) 

Abstract 

The UM School of Music offers programs of study leading to the Master of Music degree with areas of specialization in 

performance, composition, conducting and music education; the Master of Arts degree with areas in ethnomusicology, 

music history and literature (musicology), music education, and music theory; the Doctor of Philosophy degree with 

areas of specialization in ethnomusicology, musicology, and music theory; and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with 

areas of specialization in composition, performance, and conducting. A Doctor of Philosophy degree in Curriculum and 

Instruction is offered by the College of Education in cooperation with the Music Education Division of the School of 

Music. 

Admissions Information 

Admission to graduate degree programs in music is highly selective. It is determined primarily by a performance 

audition, tapes and scores of original compositions, scholarly research papers, letters of recommendation, and/or 

successful teaching experience; additionally, in some academic areas, the general GRE scores are considered. All 

non-native English-speaking students (including students with prior United States degrees) must achieve a score of 

575/233/1 00 on the TOEFL to be invited for audition/admission. 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 1 




International Annlinants seekinn admission 


Deadline- December 1 





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under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 







Application Requirements 

1. GRE General for Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Audition/Interview 

4. Repertoire/List of Performances 

5. Research paper for Ethnomusicology and Historical Musicology 

6. Scores for Composition 

7. Pre-screen recordings for flute, collaborative piano, trumpet, vocal, and applicants. Please see our website, 
www.music.umd.edu, for further information. 

8. We require a passing TOEFL score (minimum 1 00 IBT, 233 CBT, 575 PBT) for all international applicants before we will 
process your application or consider you for a live audition. 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Music or Master of Arts (M.M.; M.A.) 

The Master of Music Degree (Non-Thesis Option in Composition, Conducting, Music Education, or Performance) 
requires a minimum of between 31 and 36 credit hours depending on the specific program. Required coursework is 
distributed among three areas of study: Major studies, Studies in Areas Supporting the Major, and Other Studies in 
Music. In addition, a grade of B or better is required in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the degree; a 
scholarly research paper must be written as part of MUSC 648 Seminar in Music Research or MUED 690 Research 
Methods; a Final Project must be completed satisfactorily; and an oral comprehensive examination of courses required 
in Major Studies and in Studies in Areas Supportive of the Major must be passed. Specific courses are required in 
each area of specialization. 

The Master of Arts Degree (Thesis Option in Ethnomusicology, Music Education, Music History and Literature 
[Musicology], or Music Theory; Non-Thesis Option in Ethnomusicology) requires a minimum of 30 credit hours (35 for 
Ethnomusicology), with a minimum of 12 credit hours in Major Studies, 9 credit hours in Studies in Areas Supportive of 
the Major (14 for Ethnomusicology), and 9 credit hours in Other Studies in Music. In addition, a grade of B or better is 
required in all courses used to fulfill requirements for the degree; a Thesis must be written (Ethnomusicology Non- 
Thesis Option requires two scholarly research papers), an oral defense of the Thesis (or research papers) must be 
passed; and a written comprehensive examination must be passed. Specific courses are required in each area of 
specialization. 

Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Musical Arts (Ph.D.; D.M.A.; Ed.D.) 

The Doctor of Philosophy and the Doctor of Musical Arts degrees require the satisfactory completion of a significant 
body of coursework that, in the student's and Graduate Advisor's judgement, prepares the student for the preliminary 
examination that leads to admission to candidacy, as well as certain specific courses required in each area of 
specialization. A dissertation (whether written, or in project form) is required for all doctoral degrees in music. A 
Principal Advisor for the dissertation will be chosen by the student and the academic advisor; the Principal Advisor and 
the student will then nominate the remaining members of the dissertation committee. The student must submit a 
detailed Prospectus of the dissertation to the members of the dissertation committee and the Graduate Director, and 
must be admitted to candidacy prior to the approval of the dissertation committee by the Graduate School. The 
dissertation must be successfully defended before the entire dissertation committee. The Doctor of Philosophy degree 
requires a Written Dissertation; the Doctor of Musical Arts degree requires a Written Dissertation, a Recording Project, 
a Performance Project, or a Musical Composition. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The music library in Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center ranks among the top twenty university music libraries in the 
United States, and it offers a variety of archives, special collections, and other research resources which give it 
international stature among scholars in a broad spectrum of music disciplines. The total music collection includes 
approximately 50,000 books, 150,000 scores, 140,000 recordings, and 4,500 linear feet of archival materials. 
The International Piano Archives at Maryland (IPAM) is the only institutional collection in existence devoted to historic 
piano performance. IPAM contains 40,000 recordings, 8,500 music scores, 2,500 books, and a collection of 
reproducing pianos with 8,000 piano rolls. To date IPAM has acquired the collections of more than 40 eminent 
pianists. The Special Collections in Music embrace a growing number of national and international music organization 
archives representing music education, band history, solo and ensemble instrumental performance, music 
librarianship, and ethnomusicology. Materials in these archives include papers, music scores, recordings, books, 
magazines, photographs, and oral histories. The library also features important archival and manuscript collections on 
music criticism and American music, the Charles Fowler Papers supporting the study of arts education, a significant 
Leopold Stokowski Collection, the Jacob Coopersmith Collection of Handeliana, the Radio Station WOR/Alfred Wallen 
stein Collection of 26,000 orchestral scores, and the performance parts of the Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra. Also 
located at The University of Maryland is The Center for Studies in Nineteenth-Century Music. Other research activities 
of the School of Music include the C. P. E. Bach Edition and the American Handel Society. Within a few miles of the 
College Park campus are research opportunities offered by Dumbarton Oaks, the Enoch Pratt Free Library of 
Baltimore, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institution, 
and about 500 specialized libraries. 
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those of the internationally recognized Guarneri String Quartet, which is in residence at College Park and whose 

members hold professorial rank. The School of Music also cooperates with the Concert Society at Maryland which 

presents a series of concerts throughout the academic year and, during the summer, The University of Maryland 

International Competitions honoring Marian Anderson (Vocal Arts), William Kapell (Piano), and Leonard Rose (Cello), 

as well as the National Orchestral Institute. The University sponsors a Handel Festival featuring the University of 

Maryland Chorus and scholars and performers from around the world. The musical environment of the entire 

Washington-Baltimore area is unusually varied and rich with performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the 

Performing Arts, Constitution Hall, the National Gallery of Art, the Phillips Collection, the Library of Congress, Wolf 

Trap Farm Park, Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in 

Baltimore. 

Financial Assistance 

A number of competitive fellowships, graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, operatic assistantships, and 

orchestral assistantships are available. Preference for financial assistance will be given to those who have filed an 

application for admission to the University and the School of Music Supplemental Application by December 1 (for 

performance programs) and January 15 (for Music Education only) and have been officially admitted. 

Contact Information 

School of Music: Graduate Programs handbook (available online at: 

http://www.music.umd.edu/current_students/handbooks) provides descriptive information, details of course 

requirements, examination procedures, and graduation requirements for the M. A., M. M., D. M. A., and Ph. D. degree 

programs. International students should read the information contained in the International Applicants section of the 

Graduate Admission Application. Specific information may also be obtained from: 

Deborah Kuckuda, Graduate Student Services or 

Ms. Jenny Lang, Assistant Director for Admissions and External Relations, or 

Mr. David Powell, Admissions Coordinator 

21 1 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-8435 

Fax:(301)314-7966 

musicadmissions@umd.edu 

http://www.music.umd.edu 

Courses: MUSC MUSP MUED MUET 

Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) 

Abstract 

The NACS program offers a wide range of research and training opportunities for students who are interested in 
pursuing doctoral-level research in a variety of areas within neuroscience and cognitive science. Faculty research 
interests extend from molecular and cellular neuroscience to studies of language and cognition. Research 
approaches include both the theoretical and experimental, with several laboratories doing both. The experimental 
work includes state of the art, cutting-edge methodologies, such as human fMRI and MEG imaging techniques 
available in the new Maryland Neuroimaging Center. Theoretical approaches include neural, behavioral, evolutionary, 
mathematical, computational, and engineering. Research and training activities of NACS take place within the 
laboratories of faculty in 20 participating departments and units: Aerospace Engineering, Animal and Avian Sciences, 
Bioengineering, Biology, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English, Entomology, Hearing and 
Speech Sciences, Human Development, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Nutrition and Food Science, Philosophy, 
Psychology, and Public & Community Health, as well as the Center for Advanced Study of Language, the Institute for 
Advanced Computer Studies, the Institute for Systems Research, the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and the 
Second Language Acquisition program. The NACS program requires the completion of two required core courses 
and three out of five core courses, including introduction to neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational 
neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and cognitive science. The goal of the Program is to bring 
together the diverse perspectives and strengths of all the included disciplines in order to understand the working of 
the nervous system, the mind, and behavior. For more information, please visit our web 
site: http://www. nacs.umd.edu . 
Admissions Information 

Admission to the NACS Program requires a bachelor's degree from a recognized undergraduate institution. Course 
work in calculus is strongly recommended, as is some background in neuroscience, computational science, or 
cognitive science. Students with strong academic records but missing relevant coursework will be allowed to make 
up deficiencies. The Program requires the Graduate Record Examination scores; transcripts; statement of goals, 
research interests, and experiences; and three letters of recommendation. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant Fall Spring 



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Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 1 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. Statement of goals, research interests, and experiences 

3. Transcripts 

4. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

The NACS Program emphasizes research training and thus requires only 27 credits of course work over the first four 

years. Specific requirements include two core courses-a scientific ethics course and a foundational readings course- 

-and three out of five core courses from among introduction to neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computational 

neuroscience, cellular and molecular neuroscience, and cognitive science. A formal qualifying examination is given at 

the beginning of the third year to ensure that all students have a core knowledge of basic neuroscience and cognitive 

science, and that each student has the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a dissertation proposal. By the 

end of their fourth year, students formally present their dissertation proposal and are admitted to candidacy. The 

dissertation is normally completed within one year of the proposal defense. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Program, by virtue of its breadth, has access to the facilities of all the departments, institutes, and centers of its 

faculty members. These include the Institute for Systems Research, the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies, the 

Center for Advanced Study of Language, the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and the various well-equipped 

research laboratories and department facilities of the faculty. Animal facilities are available where necessary. NACS 

has developed a very close collaboration with the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders 

(NIDCD) of the NIH. NACS students can conduct research in cellular and molecular neurobiology and imaging of the 

human CNS with mentors at NIDCD, most of whom are NACS adjunct faculty. Thus, the NIDCD-NACS relationship 

extends research and training opportunities for students while they get their degrees from the NACS program. NACS 

has also developed a similar joint research program with researchers at the Children's National Medical Center 

(CNMC). 

Financial Assistance 

Graduate fellowships are available on a competitive basis to both entering and continuing students, while qualified 

students may also receive teaching assistantships. In addition, some faculty have graduate research assistantships 

for their students. There are also NIH graduate training grant fellowships for students interested in studying auditory 

neuroscience. 

Contact Information 

Program Director - Robert J. Dooling 

2123D Biology/Psychology Building, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-5925 

Fax:(301)314-9566 

dooling@psyc.umd.edu 

Graduate Director - Rochelle Newman 

0141BB LeFrak Hall, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-4226 

rnewman1@umd.edu 

Assistant Director - Pam Komarek 

2131 Biology-Psychology Building, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-8910 

Fax:301-314-9566 

pkomarek@umd.edu 

http://www.nacs.umd.edu 

Courses: NACS 

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Animal Sciences 

Nutrition 

Linguistics 

Hearing and Speech Sciences 

Clinical Audiology 

Psychology 

Engineering: Electrical & Computer Engineering 

Engineering: Bioengineering 

Computer Science 

Education: Human Development 

Biological Sciences 



Nutrition (NUTR) 

The Department of Nutrition and Food Science offers courses that may involve the use of animals. Students who are 
concerned about the use of animals in teaching have the responisbility to contact the instructor, prior to course 
enrollment, to determine whether animals are to be used in the course, whether class exercises involving animals are 
optional or required, and what alternatives, if any, are available. 
Abstract 

The Graduate Program in Nutrition is an interdepartmental program administered by the Department of Nutrition and 
Food Science (NFSC). It involves faculty from the Departments of Animal and Avian Sciences, Anthropology, 
Chemistry and Biochemistry, Nutrition and Food Science, and Pediatrics (UMAB Campus), and scientists in nearby 
research institutions. The program offers graduate study leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nutrition. Both M.S. 
and Ph.D. programs require completion of a research project either a thesis for the masters degree or a dissertation 
for the doctoral degree. A graduate faculty is responsible for graduate admission and curriculum maintenance. 
Currently, there are approximately 17 graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Program in Nutrition and and there 
are 1 8 graduate faculty members. Research interests of the faculty include; the genetic and metabolic basis for dietary 
requirements of animals and humans; nutritional biochemistry; nutritional aspects of chronic disease; international 
nutrition, community nutrition, food and nutrition policy; and nutrition, neuroscience and behavior. Programs of 
research are individually planned with the student and an appropriate Graduate Faculty Advisory Committee. 
Admissions Information 

Completion of a four-year Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 
(on a 4.0 scale) is required. Preference is given to students having a Bachelor's degree in nutrition, chemistry, biology, 
food science, animal science or related fields. However, consideration will be given to others having adequate 
background courses and who demonstrate potential for a research career. A faculty member of the Graduate Program 
in Nutrition must agree to serve as an advisor or a prospective graduate student may not be admitted to the Program. 
Required background courses in order to be eligible to apply include: Mathematics sufficient to undertake upper level 
statistic courses- UMCP's equivalent of Math 1 15-Precalculus or better, one semester of the equivalent of UMCP's 
Chem 233-Organic Chemistry I (with lab), and one semester of the equivalent of UMCP's Chem 243-Organic 
Chemistry II (with lab). Preferred courses include(students admitted without the following courses may be required to 
take the equivalent), as part of their graduate program: one semester of the equivalent of UMCP's BCHM 461 - 
Biochemistry I, one semester of the equivalent of UMCP's BCHM 462-Biochemistry II, one semester of the equivalent 
of UMCP's BSCI 440-Mammalian Physiology, and one semester of the equivalent of UMCP's NFSC 440-Advanced 
Human Nutrition. Offers of admission (or rejection) are made by the Graduate School based upon the 
recommendation of the Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition and the Graduate Faculty Admissions 
Committee. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 15 


Deadline: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 15 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 



GRE General Test. A minimum score of 500 is required in each of the Verbal and Quantitative sections and a score of 
3.5 - 6 is required in the Analytical Writing section. If the GRE general test was taken prior to October 2002, the 
minimum score required in each section of the GRE is 500, for a total of 1500. 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. TOEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language for International Applicants, a minimum score of 100(IBT) is required. 

4. TSE-Test of Spoken English for International Students who wish to be considered for a Teaching Assistant Position is 



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required. 

Degree Requirements 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

Requirements for the M.S. degree in Nutrition are a minimum of 30 graduate credits of course work including a 
minimum of 12 credits of 600 level courses and a minimum of 6 graduate credits of masters thesis research (NFSC 
799). A minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 is required to maintain good academic progress for graduation. The student must 
complete a thesis and successfully defend their research before a graduate faculty examining committee approved by 
the Graduate School. In addition the student must write a manuscript, i.e. one or more research papers based upon 
the thesis and be submitted to a refereed journal for review and publication. An average duration of a Master's project 
is 2-3 years depending upon prior education and experience. 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in nutrition include a mastery of the broad fundamentals of nutrition as a science, 
as well as the demonstrated ability to conduct independent research. Course requirements include: a minimum of 27 
graduate credits of course work including 9 credits of advanced nutriton course work, beyond the M.S. degree and 12 
credits of NFSC 899 Doctoral Dissertation Research. A minimum g.p.a. of 3.0 is required to maintain good academic 
progress for graduation. Students are admitted to full candidacy for the Ph.D. upon passing a comprehensive written 
and oral exam on basic core knowledge of nutrition science and submittal of a research proposal. In addition the 
student must prepare and successfully defend a dissertation before their faculty advisory committee. The average 
duration of a Ph.D. degree program is 4 years, depending upon prior education and experience. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The program maintains equipment for conducting both basic and applied research through the individual participating 
faculty members. The facilities are located in the Departments of Nutrition and Food Science, Animal and Avian 
Sciences, Anthropology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Pediatrics (UMAB). There are also collaborative 
arrangements with the NIH, FDA, and USDA. The library facilities are extensive. In addition to our excellent campus 
libraries, we are a few miles from the National Archives, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and 
the National Library of Medicine. 
Financial Assistance 

Financial support for graduate students is available on a competitive basis. The Department of Nutrition and Food 
Science offers a limited number of graduate teaching assistantships. Applicants interested in a teaching assistant 
position should complete the Merit-Base Award Form and submit to the Graduate Program in Nutrition office by the 
stated graduate application deadline. International students who wish to be considered for a teaching assistant 
position must take the TSE test (Test of Spoken English). In addition international teaching assistants who are not 
native speakers of English are required by the University of Maryland to take part in the International Teaching 
Assistant evaluation. This includes international teaching assistants who may have been educated entirely in English 
and those with Bachelor and Master's degrees from universities in English-speaking countries. A limited number of 
research assistantships are available from grant funds with the student assisting in the research supported under the 
grant. The research often may be applicable to the thesis or dissertation. Research assistantships generally are not 
awarded until after students have attended classes and are known to faculty. The University of Maryland emphasizes 
diversity in its recruitment and support of graduate students. Other types of financial aid are also available, including a 
work-study program, grants, fellowships, and loans. 
Contact Information 

Additional information concerning admission requirements, courses, faculty, and facilities are available from: 
Sara Kao, Coordinator, Student Programs 
0112 Skinner Building College Park 
MD 20742-7640 
Telephone: (301) 405-8980 
Fax:(301)314-3313 
sarakao@umd.edu 

http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/nfsc/staff.htm 

Dr. Nadine Sahyoun, Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Food Science 

0102C Skinner Building 

College Park 

MD 20742-7640 

Telephone: (301) 405-8774 

Fax:(301)314-3313 

nsahyoun@umd.edu 

http://nfsc.umd.edu/files/Sahyoun/index.cfm 

Courses: 

Related Programs and Campus Units 

Animal Sciences 

Anthropology 

Kinesiology 

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Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 
Food Science 
Family Science 

Philosophy (PHIL) 

Abstract 

The Department of Philosophy offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees 

with emphasis on contemporary Anglo-American philosophy and the interaction of philosophy with other disciplines. 

Students often enter the doctorate program without an M.A. degree, but the M.A. may be earned on the way to the 

Ph.D. While the Ph.D. program is suitable primarily for students who wish to enter a career in teaching and research 

at the college or university level, the M.A. program is appropriate for those who want to deepen and expand the 

knowledge they gained as undergraduates or who wish to develop competence in philosophy to apply to some other 

professional field. 

Admissions Information 

The Department requires for admission the results of the Graduate Record Examination, three letters of 

recommendation from previous instructors, and a sample of the student's written work on a philosophical topic 

(normally an essay, no more than twenty to twenty-five pages). The same supporting documents must be provided 

for admission to the master's program. 

Candidates should normally have completed at least six courses of philosophy (logic, ethics, epistemology, 

metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and the history of philosophy). 

Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, 1 and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 5 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 5 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Writing Sample (Philosophy Paper) 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Arts (M.A.) 

Students must complete ten three-hour courses, or a total of thirty hours of course work. Two of these courses must 

be Core Courses, the remaining eight graduate seminars offered by the Department. Additional details may be found 

in the Graduate Handbook on the Department's www site. 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

Students who seek admission to the Ph.D. program normally should intend to pursue only full-time study toward that 

degree. 

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, students must complete twelve three-hour courses, or a total of 

thirty-six hours of course work. Two of these courses must be Core Courses, the remaining ten graduate seminars 

offered by the Department. Additional details may be found in the Graduate Handbook on the Department's www site. 

Foreign language skills are required only as demanded by the individual student's research. 

Partial credit toward the Ph.D. requirements may be awarded for relevant work done at other graduate institutions. 

The Director of Graduate Studies will make a specific determination in each case. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

A number of other departments and programs at the University offer graduate students additional opportunities for 

coursework and research. 

In addition to the excellent libraries on campus, students may use other libraries in the Washington/Baltimore 

metropolitan area, such as the Library of Congress, the Center for Hellenic Studies, and the Eisenhower Library on 

the campus of Johns Hopkins University. 

The Department sponsors a series of colloquia by visiting and local speakers throughout the academic year. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department administers a number of graduate assistantships and fellowships. Virtually all applicants admitted to 

the doctoral program are offered support, typically a combination of teaching assistantships and fellowships. 

Contact Information 

For further information about the program, please consult the Department's www site: http://www.philosophy.umd.edu 

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Professor Peter Carruthers, Director of Graduate Studies 

Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405 5705 

Fax:(301)405 5690 

pcarruth@umd.edu 

http://www.philosophy.umd.edu/ 

Professor Georges Rey, Director of Graduate Admissions 

Department of Philosophy, University of Maryland, College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405 5707 

Fax:(301)405 5690 

georey2@gmail.com 

http://www.philosophy.umd.edu 
Courses: PHIL 

Physics (PHYS) 

Abstract 

The Department of Physics includes programs in many areas of current research interest. These include: 
astrophysics, atomic molecular and optical physics, biophysics, condensed matter physics, cosmic ray & particle 
astrophysics, dynamical systems, elementary particle theory, fluid dynamics, general relativity, high energy physics, 
many-body theory, materials research, non-linear dynamics and chaos, nuclear physics, particle accelerator 
research, plasma physics, quantum computing, quantum electronics and optics, quantum field theory, space physics, 
statistical mechanics and superconductivity. 
Admissions Information 

Because of the large number of qualified applicants, the Department of Physics has had to restrict formal admission 
to the Graduate School to those who have shown particularly outstanding work in their undergraduate records or who 
have already done satisfactory work in key senior-level courses at the University of Maryland. Students who have 
less outstanding records but who show special promise may be given provisional admission under special 
circumstances. Regular admission will then depend on the satisfactory completion of existing deficiencies. A faculty 
adviser will inform each of these students what background he or she lacks and what he or she must accomplish to 
achieve regular admission. Thus, the Department hopes to offer an opportunity for advanced study in physics to all 
qualified students. 

Students who enter the graduate program are normally expected to have strong backgrounds in physics, including 
intermediate-level courses in mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, physical optics, and modern 
physics. A student with deficiencies in one or more of these areas may be admitted but will be expected to remedy 
such deficiencies as soon as possible. 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE), including the Advanced Physics test, is required for admission. In rare 
instances, this requirement may be waived. The average GRE Advanced Physics test score is 785. The average gpa 
for students educated in U.S. institutions is 3.7. A minimum overall score of 575 on the Test of English as a Foreign 
Language is required of applicants from non-English speaking countries. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General 

2. GRE Physics 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. Transcript from all institutions where you have taken 9 or more credits 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

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student as much freedom as possible to prepare a course of study suited to individual needs. These requirements 

are: competence in basic physics indicated by a satisfactory performance on a qualifying examination and in a 

graduate laboratory; attendance in a departmental research seminar; the giving of an oral Preliminary Research 

Presentation to demonstrate the ability to organize and orally present a topic of current research interest in physics; a 

paper as evidence of the ability to organize and present a written scholarly report on contemporary research prior to 

candidacy; advanced course study outside the student's field of specialization consisting of two advanced courses 

(six credits), at least one of which must be a physics course at the 700 level or above; PHYS 624 or 625 for students 

with theoretical theses; and research competence through active participation in at least two hours of seminar, 12 

hours of thesis research, and the presentation and defense of an original dissertation. 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

The Department offers both thesis and non-thesis options in its Master of Science program. The Departmental 

requirements for the non-thesis option include: a total of 30 credits excluding research credits; at least four courses of 

the general physics sequence; a graduate laboratory unless specially exempted; a paper as evidence of ability to 

organize and present a written scholarly report on contemporary research; and the passing at the master's level of 

one section of the Ph.D. qualifying exam. The thesis option's requirements include at least four courses of the 

general physics sequence, a graduate laboratory unless specially exempted, and the passing of an oral examination 

including a defense of thesis. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

Current research in the Department spans an immense range of theoretical and experimental work on the forefront of 

knowledge, far too large to describe here. Details of the work in the various fields, and the faculty and facilities 

involved can be found at the Departmental web site, www.physics.umd.edu. 

Out of the 70 professorial faculty members, approximately 60 engage in separately budgeted research; 90 faculty 

members at other ranks also engage in research. In 2005-06, approximately 160 graduate students also participated 

in research under stipends. The current federal support for research amounts to approximately 19 million dollars 

annually, attesting to both the size and the quality of the program. 

There are close academic ties with the Institute of Physical Science and Technology on the campus; members of the 

Institute supervise graduate research and also teach physics courses. Faculty members in the departments of 

Astronomy and Electrical Engineering also frequently direct thesis research. 

In addition to using College Park campus facilities, graduate students can utilize resources of nearby federal 

laboratories under certain conditions. 

The University of Maryland is located within the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C., where it enjoys the proximity 

of a large number of outstanding institutions, such as NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the Naval Research 

Laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, the 

Department of Energy, the National Institute of Health, the Library of Congress, and other federal institutions. The 

Department works closely with certain research groups at some of these institutions. In order to facilitate graduate 

study in the Washington area, the Department of Physics has adjunct professors in certain government laboratories. 

Students who desire to do graduate work in physics at a government agency should contact a member of the 

graduate faculty in the Department. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department offers both teaching and research assistantships. In 2005-2006 approximately 50 teaching 

assistants and 160 research assistants worked in the Department. Summer research stipends for advanced graduate 

students are customary, and a few summer teaching assistantships are available. 

The deadline for all applications is February 1 . 

Graduate students also can seek full-time or part-time employment in the many government and industry laboratories 

located within a few miles of the campus. 

Contact Information 

A booklet is available regarding the graduate program in physics. Graduate Study in Physics is a guidebook to 

procedural requirements and rules concerning the acquisition of higher degrees. Various brochures are available 

which describe the program's research activities and personnel. For more information, contact: 

Mrs. Linda O'Hara, Secretary 

Graduate Entrance Committee 

1 120 Physics Building Department of Physics University of Maryland 

College Park 

MD 20742 

Telephone: (301) 405-5982 

Fax:(301)405-4061 

lohara@physics.umd.edu 

http://www.physics.umd.edu/ 

Courses: PHYS 

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Biophysics 
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Plant Science (PLSC) 

Abstract 

The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) directs the graduate program in Plant Science 
(PLSC). The PLSC graduate program is focused on plant based sciences and management along with the application 
of research to advance a basic understanding of plants and to help solve pressing problems in agriculture, horticulture 
and natural resources. The program advances graduate training and research at all levels of plant organization; from 
the genomic and molecular level to the whole organism, to agricultural systems and to natural and designed 
ecosystems. The Plant Science faculty include world-class experts in a wide range of plant science related disciplines. 
In addition to faculty within the program, faculty from various departments across campus also contribute to the PLSC 
program. Scientists from governmental agencies including USDA, EPA, FDA, NASA and various non-governmental 
organizations (NGOs) also participate in the program. Faculty research is funded through a number of federal 
agencies including NSF, DoD, USDA and EPA. Graduate students play a central role in the research activities of the 
program. Research includes a wide variety of plant science related disciplines including Functional Genomics and 
Molecular Physiology, Plant Conservation Biology and Ecology, Plant Protection and Management and Landscape 
Management. Research in the Program includes: Functional Genomics, Molecular Physiology, Molecular Genetics, 
Plant Breeding, Ecophysiology, Ecology, Conservation Biology, Plant Pathology, Plant Management and Protection, 
Landscape Management, Sustainability, and Green-roofs. 
Admissions Information 

Admission to the program requires a baccalaureate from an accredited college or university in the United States or the 
equivalent in a foreign country. Applicants are expected to have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (4.0 scale) in all 
previous academic work. In addition, applicants should have at least 16 credit-hours of prior course work in calculus, 
physics, organic chemistry, biochemistry, biology, genetics or statistics. Promising students lacking this general 
preparation may be provisionally admitted to the program and may be required to correct course work deficiencies 
within one year of enrollment. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants to the Plant 
Science Program. International students must submit the results of the TOEFL English exam. The program's 
admission committee, chaired by the graduate coordinator, reviews all applications to the Plant Science graduate 
program. The committee will assess the credentials (academic transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, 
and statement of personal goals) of each applicant and determine if the applicant is acceptable for full admission, 
acceptable for provisional admission or unacceptable for admission. For applicants acceptable for provisional 
admission the committee will recommend the deficiencies or requirements that the student must meet upon 
subsequent enrollment. The graduate coordinator will report to the faculty the recommendations of the admission 
committee and identify potential faculty to serve as research advisors. Admission is dependent on the availability of a 
faculty member in the proposed area of study who is willing to assume the responsibility or advising. Once a suitable 
research advisor is identified the graduate coordinator notifies the Graduate School of the Departments 
recommendation on admission status. Only the Graduate School can extend an offer of admission. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: May 1 
Preferred: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 


International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: February 1 


Deadline: June 1 



Application Requirements 

1. GRE General(required) 

2. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

3. Statement of Research Interest 

4. Academic Transcripts 

Degree Requirements 
Master of Science (M.S.) 

A program of study approved by the Advisor must be completed prior to the second semester of enrollment. This plan 
must be filed with the Graduate Director. The program requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of course work 
beyond the B.S. degree, including 6 hours of thesis research credits (799). A minimum of 12 credits hours must be 
earned in course-work at the 600 level or higher. Students are also required to complete 2 semester hours of PLSC 
608, Research Methods and 2 semester hours of PLSC 789, Advances in Research. Students must also complete 
one semester each of 400-level (or higher) biochemistry, plant physiology, and statistics which may be completed as 
part of a B.S. or M.S. degree program. 

A thesis must be submitted to the Graduate School. This thesis is approved by the Thesis Examining Committee 
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as the chairperson of the examining committee and the student's advisory committee typically serves as members of 
the examining committee. Committee membership must comply with Graduate School requirements for membership. 
The submitted thesis must comply with the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide. 
It is the responsibility of the Advisor and Student to ensure that all University Research Assurances are followed. 
Research involving human subjects must be approved in advance by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Research 
involving the use of vertebrate animals must be approved in advance by the Animal Care and Use Committee. 
Research using hazardous materials (chemical or biological), recombinant RNA/DNA must be approved in advance by 
the appropriate University committee 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

A program of study approved by the Advisor must be completed by the end of the third semester of enrollment. This 
plan must be filed with the Graduate Director. The Graduate School requires that every student seeking the Ph.D. 
satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of dissertation credits (899). Students are also required to 
complete 2 semester hours of PLSC 608, Research Methods and 2 semester hours of PLSC 789, Advances in 
Research. In addition students admitted to the PhD program that lack the MS degree must complete the course 
requirements of the MS degree (24 credit hours of coursework). Students must also complete one semester each of 
400-level (or higher) biochemistry, plant physiology, and statistics which may be completed as part of a B.S. or M.S. 
degree program and an additional graduate level course in biochemistry or statistics. 

An oral qualifying examination must be completed satisfactorily before a student is admitted to candidacy. At the 
discretion of the advisor and advisory/examining committee a written exam may also be conducted. The examination 
must be attempted by the end of the fifth semester of study. Under extenuating circumstances and with written 
permission of the Program Director, this time frame may be extended. The examining committee corresponds to the 
student's Advisory committee. To be eligible to take the candidacy examination, the student must have submitted a 
research proposal that has been approved by the student's advisor and Advisory Committee prior to the formal 
qualifying examination. The completed proposal must be given to the committee at least two weeks before the 
scheduled date for the qualifying examination. The qualifying examination focuses principally on the written proposal. 
However, the student's mastery of general knowledge of Plant Science may also be examined. At the end of the 
examination, all members of the committee vote on the student's performance. Two negative votes constitute failure. 
Upon successful completion of the examination, the committee recommends to the Director that the student by 
admitted to candidacy based on satisfactory performance during the examination. It is the responsibility of the student 
to submit an application for admission to candidacy when all the requirements for candidacy have been fulfilled. 
Students failing the qualifying examination may be re-examined once within 6 months of the first examination date. 
Students may be re-examined only once. Failure to pass the qualifying examination a second time will result in 
termination of the student's program. 

A dissertation based on independent, original research must be submitted to the Program and the Graduate School. 
This dissertation is approved by the Dissertation Examining Committee appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School 
upon the recommendation of the student's advisor. The advisor serves as the chairperson of the examining committee 
and the student's advisory committee typically serves as members of the examining committee. Committee 
membership must comply with Graduate School requirements for membership. The submitted dissertation must 
comply with the University of Maryland Thesis and Dissertation Style Guide. 

It is the responsibility of the Advisor and Student to ensure that all University Research Assurances are followed. 
Research involving human subjects must be approved in advance by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Research 
involving the use of vertebrate animals must be approved in advance by the Animal Care and Use Committee. 
Research using hazardous materials (chemical or biological), recombinant RNA/DNA must be approved in advance by 
the appropriate University committee. 
Facilities and Special Resources 

The majority of laboratory space and offices for faculty in the Department are located at the College Park Campus in 
the Plant Science Building and H. J. Patterson Hall. Laboratories are equipped for chemical, biochemical, molecular, 
genomic and physiological research in plant science. Extensive controlled-environment facilities, a state-of-the-art 
greenhouse and a network of commodity-oriented field research farms (Western Maryland Research and Education 
Center, Sharpsburg MD; Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Clarksville MD; Turfgrass Research and 
Education Center, Beltsville MD; Southern Maryland Research and Education Facility, Upper Marlboro MD; Wye 
Research and Education Center, Queenstown MD; Lower Eastern Shore Research and Education Center, Salisbury 
MD) further enhance the facilities and resources available to the program 

Students have access to a computer laboratory in the department and a comprehensive computer center located on 
campus. The University Libraries on campus and the National Agriculture Library located nearby, supplemented by the 
Library of Congress, make the library resources accessible to students among the best in the nation. Many of the 
Department's projects are conducted in cooperation with other departments on campus and with professionals at the 
headquarters of the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture located three miles 
from campus in Beltsville. Scientists at the Geologic Survey, the National Academy of Sciences, NASA, National 
Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, Smithsonian, and National Park Service, as well as other agencies, have 
cooperated with the Department's faculty on various projects. Scientists from some of these agencies have adjunct 
appointments in the Department, have taught special courses at the University, and participate on graduate 
committees. 
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A limited number of research assistantships and teaching assistantships are available for qualified applicants. There is 

strong competition for these awards, and candidates are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible 

in the semester preceding anticipated enrollment in the Department. 

Contact Information 

For more specific information on the program, contact: 

Dr. Jose M. Costa 

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Achitecture, University of Maryland, 2102 Plant Sciences Building 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-1317 

Fax:301-314-9308 

costaj@umd.edu 

http://www.psla.umd.edu/GradPL/index.cfm 

Ms. Susan Burk 

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, University of Maryland, 2102 Plant Sciences Building 

MD 20742 

Telephone: 301-405-6244 

Fax:301-314-9308 

sburk@umd.edu 

http://www.psla.umd.edu/GradPL/index.cfm 
Courses: NRSC HORT PLSC 

Professional Master of Arabic Language (MPAR) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 
Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Professional Master of Persian Language (MPPE) 

Abstract 

Admissions Information 
Application Requirements 
Degree Requirements 
Financial Assistance 
Courses: 

Psychology (PSYC) 

Abstract 

Psychology is a remarkably broad field that studies mind and behavior at all levels of analysis ranging from the micro 
to the macro; from single cells to complex systems; from individuals to groups and cultures; and from invertebrates to 
humans. Some of these endeavors connect with the biological sciences and others with the social sciences. As 
analytical, methodological, and theoretical advances in one domain increasingly influence developments in another, 
psychologists collaborate in ever greater numbers with scientists in neighboring disciplines, resulting in new subfields 
that blend the biological and social sciences. 

Our department reflects well this combined diversity of and collaborations among approaches. In recognition of this 
fact, we organized our training structure into 5 Ph.D. program areas: 

- Clinical 

- Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS) 

- Counseling 

- Developmental 

- Social, Decision, and Organizational Science (SDOS) 

Research collaborations across areas are common and we encourage students to consider training across areas as 

well. The Department's doctoral programs in both Clinical and Counseling Psychology have been approved by the 

American Psychological Association. School Psychology, also an APA approved program, is offered in the College of 

Education. 

Admissions Information 

The Department accepts only those applicants who have demonstrated competence for completing the requirements 



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of the doctoral degree. The typical student admitted to the graduate program has an overall undergraduate grade point 
average of 3.5 or above, a psychology grade point average over 3.5, Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores above 600, 
appropriate background experiences, outstanding letters of recommendation, research experience and/or previous 
relevant work experience, and goals congruent with the program. The Department of Psychology encourages 
applications from members of racial/ethnic minority groups. 

All of the programs offer doctoral level programs and do not accept students who are interested in terminal Master of 
Science degrees. To be considered for admission for the fall semester, all application materials must be submitted by 
December 1st of the prior year. 

Students admitted to the graduate program often earn the M.S. en route to the Ph.D., however, this varies across 
specialty areas and the specific requirements within a given specialty area should be consulted. All students must be 
full-time until completion of all requirements of the doctoral program other than the dissertation have been met. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: December 1 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: December 1 





Application Requirements 

1. GRE General required 

2. GRE Subject recommended 

3. 3 Letters of Recommendation 

4. Transcripts 

5. Statement of Goals and Research Experiences 

Degree Requirements 
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 

In addition to a quantitative core consisting of three courses, all students are required to take three core courses in 

areas outside their specialty program. These core courses are designed to provide a breadth of knowledge in 

psychology. Additionally, each program has requisite coursework and comprehensive examinations. A minimum of 12 

credit hours for the dissertation is required for a doctoral degree. In addition to attending classes, students are 

expected to take part in research. 

Master of Science (M.S.) 

The M.S. degree requirements are a research thesis (6 credit hours) and 24 credit hours including two courses in 

statistics. The department does not offer a terminal M.S. Rather, students admitted to the graduate program often earn 

the M.S. en route to the Ph.D. 

Facilities and Special Resources 

The Department shares a building with the Biology Department and is centrally situated on campus near three libraries 

and the student union. The Department has state-of-the-art laboratories, computer facilities, and video equipment. The 

geographic location in a suburb of Washington, D.C. provides access to a wide variety of laboratory and training 

facilities in governmental and other agencies. In addition, we are near the national headquarters for The American 

Psychological Association and The American Psychological Society. 

The Department follows all regulations involved in the use of human subjects and animals. 

Financial Assistance 

The Department attempts to provide financial aid for all incoming students, although aid is not guaranteed. The 

different possible types of financial support include fellowships (nominated by the department), teaching 

assistantships, research assistantships, work on campus, and funded externships. 

Contact Information 

Additional information concerning the graduate program including specific specialty area information may be obtained 

by accessing our website at http://www.psychology.umd.edu 

Carol Gorham 

Room 1141 Biology-Psychology Bldg. 

MD 20742-4411 

Telephone: (301) 405-5865 

Fax:(301)314-9566 

psyc-grad@deans.umd.edu 

http://www.psychology.umd.edu 

Courses: PSYC PSYC 

Related Programs and Campus Units 



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Neuroscience and Cognitive Science 

Education: Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counselor Education 

Family Science 

Public Health: Health Services Ph.D. (PHHS) 

Abstract 

The Department of Health Services Administration offers a Ph.D. program in Health Services. The goal of this program 
is to provide interdisciplinary training in research, practice, and policy analysis relevant to the planning, administration, 
management, and evaluation of health and public health programs. The degree program prepares students to 
advance research, policy, and practice to improve access, cost, and quality of health services, with a particular 
emphasis on federal and state health policy. 

In recent years there has been increasing national interest in the field of health services, driven by an aging 
population, nearly 47 million uninsured Americans, rising health care costs, growing health disparities, and the 
increase in manmade and natural disasters such as 9-1 1 and Hurricane Katrina. Amelioration of any of these 
problems will require professionals with a strong knowledge base and research expertise in health services delivery 
systems and health care management. The Ph.D. program in Health Services will provide this training, addressing 
local, state, and national issues in health care services, health care delivery and management, health services policy, 
disparities in access to care, long term care, chronic disease and disability care, and financing and economics in 
public health services delivery. 
Admissions Information 

To apply to the doctoral program in Health Services, applicants must complete the University of Maryland Graduate 
School application and provide additional information as described below under "Application Requirements". The 
Graduate School application and instructions can be found online 

at http://www. qradschool.umd.edu/qss/admission. htm . All applications are considered for Fall enrollment only; this 
program does not accept applications for Spring semester admission. 
Application Deadlines 



Type of Applicant 


Fall 


Spring 


Domestic Applicants; US Citizens and 
Permanent Residents with foreign 
credentials; International Applicants seeking 
admissions under A, E, G, H, I and L visas 
and immigrants 


Deadline: January 15 




International Applicants seeking admission 
under F (student) or J (exchange visitor) 
visas 


Deadline: January 15 





Application Requirements 

Applications for the doctoral program in Health Services are reviewed with consideration to the following criteria: 

1 . Minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA 

2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable 

3. GRE scores taken within the past 5 years 

4. 3 letters of recommendation that address the applicant's academic capabilities and probability of success in graduate 
school 

5. Statement of professional goals and interests and their congruence with